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Natural Health Careers: Naturopathy

Naturopathy focuses on the healing power of nature, with naturopaths using dietary counselling, herbal medicine, flower essences and lifestyle education to treat illness and restore health.

It is a holistic healthcare approach rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Naturopathy draws on an array of natural therapies to support healing and maintain health by addressing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors.

Career snapshot

Employment prospects for natural health practitioners are tipped to grow very strongly up to 2017, according to respected federal government initiative Job Outlook. The Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia backed this trend, with the majority of its members predicting industry growth over the next three years.

46% of naturopathy practitioners surveyed by Endeavour are currently working in clinical practice, with 44% owning and operating their own clinic.

Job hotspots

Clinical practitioner

Many naturopaths choose to treat clients in their own clinic or work from a multi modality clinic, health food store, pharmacy or hospital in consultation with other registered health care providers.

Education roles

Qualified naturopaths are in great demand as lecturers, supervisors and academics with leading educational institutions around the world. This can involve writing course curriculum for vocational and higher education institutions, guiding students through the academic process, evaluating assessments and exams and presenting seminars and workshops to students.

Specialist roles in health retreats or day spas

Some naturopaths enjoy the environment a wellness retreat or day spa offers and choose to treat clients in this setting on a casual or permanent basis. Endeavour graduates have gained employment at respected health retreats across the world, including Golden Door Spa and Shiva Som.

Corporate health consultants

Endeavour naturopathy graduates have established successful businesses which offer corporate health services to private businesses and companies in the form of wellness packages and individualised consultations to staff members.

Media positions

Many Endeavour naturopaths have gone on found great success in media roles through securing employment in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, industry publications or popular blogs. This could be in the form of regular opinion pieces, columns or feature stories.

Technical positions with health product companies

Endeavour naturopathy graduates have built fulfilling careers through working with vitamin and supplement businesses like Blackmores and Bioceuticals to provide technical support to practitioners and the public.

Health product development

Natural health product companies employ naturopathy graduates because of their specialist knowledge. Naturopaths typically help develop products for the general market and practitioners and many have developed their own ranges of natural health products.

Safety and compliance roles

There is a demand for qualified naturopaths in the area of safety and compliance, with the Federal Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration hiring naturopathy graduates to apply their skills to areas such as health care reform and regulatory issues.

Gender

The percentage of males and females working full time and part time as naturopaths according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics are:

  • Male Full Time: 26%
  • Male Part Time: 9%
  • Female Full Time: 13%
  • Female Part Time: 53%

Clients per week

Most naturopath practitioners surveyed by Endeavour consult with between six and 10 clients per week.

Professional associations

Case study

Jill Thomas 


This page was last updated on Friday 23 September 2016.