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To be a successful Acupuncturist you should…

  • have strong yet sensitive hands
  • possess the ability to stand for long periods of time
  • have compassion and caring for others
  • be dedicated to helping others achieve balance & health
  • have excellent communication skills
  • be respectful and non-judgmental
  • be reassuring and confident

What will my job be like?

Acupuncturists locate specific points on the body (meridians) and stimulate them with very fine needles. Acupuncture is one of the therapies that works with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture has been used successfully to treat headaches, arthritis, anxiety disorders, substance addictions, and a variety of other health problems.

A session with a client runs between a half-hour and an hour. After diagnosing the patient and discussing treatment, the practitioner then performs the acupuncture. At the end of the session, the acupuncturist may prescribe herbal therapies for the patient to use at home.

Where could I work?

Acupuncturists may work in naturopathic offices, health spas, and integrative health centers.

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

According to the BLS, employment of acupuncturists is expected to grow 5 percent, slower than average between 2020-2030.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

An acupuncturist must be either a medical doctor or a licensed acupuncturist to practice in most states. The National Accreditation Commission of Schools and Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM) accredits schools of acupuncture. An acupuncturist can receive a Master of Science in Acupuncture.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute, Bridgeport

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Sixty semester hours approved post-secondary education; approved acupuncture program; all portions of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine written examination; Clean Needle Technique Course of the CCAOM.

Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.

Where can I get more information?

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
2001 K Street, NW – 3rd Floor North
Washington, DC  20006
(888) 381-1140