Although there is no specific homeopathy technician certification program, those interested in pursuing this career can complete postsecondary studies as a nursing assistant or medical assistant and take coursework in homeopathy to prepare to enter the field.
A homeopathy technician works with homeopathic practitioners to care for patients. While there are no licensing or certification programs to become a 'homeopathy technician,' it is possible for someone to enter into a health care support field and then pursue training in homeopathy. Education requirements vary, but usually consist of completing a vocational training program in a traditional healthcare field and then taking coursework in homeopathy.
|Medical Assistant||Nurse Assistant|
|Required Education||A certificate or diploma in medical assisting and homeopathy coursework||Completion of a state-approved training program and homeopathy coursework|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||23%||17%|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2015)*||$30,590||$25,710|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Individuals seeking careers in homeopathy but who aren't interested in becoming physicians, naturopaths or chiropractors can pursue standard vocational training in other fields of healthcare. Vocational health care programs include training to become a chiropractic or medical assistant. These programs train individuals in a variety of areas, including medical terminology, taking medical histories, medical ethics and front office procedures. Chiropractic assistants may also receive additional training in chiropractic terminology, procedures and physiotherapy.
Another option to explore is becoming a nursing aide. These professionals study patient care skills, anatomy and physiology, communication skills and infection control through programs offered at high schools, vocational schools and community colleges. Nursing aides who work at nursing homes are required to become certified nursing assistants, which requires completion of 75-hours of state-approved coursework and passing a competency test.
Although rare, some schools offer homeopathy programs and classes to non-physicians. These courses vary in length and content, but can provide a foundational understanding of homeopathic theory, practice and treatment. Some programs require classroom attendance, while others are available online.
Individuals who are trained as medical and chiropractic assistants can receive on-the-job training from physicians and chiropractors that offer homeopathic services. The National Center for Homeopathy offers an online directory that job seekers can use to locate homeopaths, including medical doctors and chiropractors that employ assistants. Through working with a homeopath, assistants can get hands-on training in homeopathy.
Salary and Job Prospects
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2015, the median annual salary for medical assistants (a job category that includes chiropractic assistants) was $30,590 (www.bls.gov). In May 2015, the BLS indicated that nursing aides, orderlies and attendants earned a median annual salary of $25,710. The BLS also projected 23% job growth for medical assistants and 17% job growth for nursing assistants and orderlies between 2014 and 2024.
A high rate of job growth is projected for medical assistants and nursing assistants through 2024. Candidates who pursue postsecondary training as a medical assistant or nursing assistant and complete homeopathy coursework will be prepared to enter the field as a homeopathy technician.