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Acupuncturists - 29-1291.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. May also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Acupuncture Physician
  • Acupuncture Provider
  • Acupuncturist
  • Chinese Medical Doctor
  • Herbalist
  • Licensed Acupuncturist (LAC)
  • Oriental Medicine Provider
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Adhere to local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and statutes.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials, such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, or vapor coolants.
  • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.
  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and lifestyle information from patients.
  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects, and drug interactions.
  • Educate patients on topics, such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, or relaxation techniques.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties, such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
  • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments, such as intradermal needles, moxibustion, electricity, guasha, or bleeding.
  • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental, and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Treat medical conditions, using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, or tuina.
  • Treat patients using tools, such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, or nutritional supplements.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Treat patients using alternative medical procedures.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • General Practice Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acupuncturist