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Naturopathic Physicians - 29-1299.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Doctor (Dr)
  • Naturopathic Doctor
  • Naturopathic Endocrinologist
  • Naturopathic Medicine Doctor
  • Naturopathic Oncologist
  • Naturopathic Oncology Provider
  • Physician

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Administer treatments or therapies, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Oriental or Ayurvedic medicine, electrotherapy, and diathermy, using physical agents including air, heat, cold, water, sound, or ultraviolet light to catalyze the body to heal itself.
  • Administer, dispense, or prescribe natural medicines, such as food or botanical extracts, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and amino acids.
  • Advise patients about therapeutic exercise and nutritional medicine regimens.
  • Conduct periodic public health maintenance activities such as immunizations and screenings for diseases and disease risk factors.
  • Conduct physical examinations and physiological function tests for diagnostic purposes.
  • Consult with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care, referring patients to traditional health care professionals as necessary.
  • Diagnose health conditions, based on patients' symptoms and health histories, laboratory and diagnostic radiology test results, or other physiological measurements, such as electrocardiograms and electroencephalographs.
  • Document patients' histories, including identifying data, chief complaints, illnesses, previous medical or family histories, or psychosocial characteristics.
  • Educate patients about health care management.
  • Interview patients to document symptoms and health histories.
  • Maintain professional development through activities such as postgraduate education, continuing education, preceptorships, and residency programs.
  • Monitor updates from public health agencies to keep abreast of health trends.
  • Obtain medical records from previous physicians or other health care providers for the purpose of patient evaluation.
  • Order diagnostic imaging procedures such as radiographs (x-rays), ultrasounds, mammograms, and bone densitometry tests, or refer patients to other health professionals for these procedures.
  • Perform minor surgical procedures, such as removing warts, moles, or cysts, sampling tissues for skin cancer or lipomas, and applying or removing sutures.
  • Perform mobilizations and high-velocity adjustments to joints or soft tissues, using principles of massage, stretching, or resistance.
  • Perform venipuncture or skin pricking to collect blood samples.
  • Prescribe synthetic drugs under the supervision of medical doctors or within the allowances of regulatory bodies.
  • Report patterns of patients' health conditions, such as disease status and births, to public health agencies.
  • Treat minor cuts, abrasions, or contusions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Advise patients on healthcare system processes.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Immunize patients.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prepare official health documents or records.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat patients using alternative medical procedures.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Family Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Obstetrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Pain Management (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Sports Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Practice Medical Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Practice Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Doctor, Naturopathic