Iridology Therapist Career Requirements

Mar 24, 2019

Iridology therapists believe that the presence of a disease or a person's health status can be determined by examining spots and dark and white streaks on the eye. Read further to learn about the training requirements and benefits of this profession.

Career Definition for Iridology Therapists

An iridology therapist determines the risks and health concerns that an individual is predisposed to by comparing the color of the iris and its patterns with a chart. Depending on the results, an iridology therapist can determine an individual's tendency toward a specific disease or even identify the presence of toxins in the body.

Education No educational requirements, but certificate programs available at private institutions
Job Skills People skills, research skills, understanding of anatomy and nutrition, communication skills
Median Salary (2017)* $53,850 (for all therapists not listed separately)
Career Outlook (2016-2026)* 20% (for all therapists not listed separately)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

There are no educational requirements for becoming an iridology therapist, but a certificate is recommended. Iridology programs can be found in private institutions across the country. These programs are taught in phases of theory and hands-on practice. Students learn how to use iridology equipment and study the anatomy of the eye and the nature of the disease.

Skills Required

Because this field is still in its relative infancy, iridology therapists must know how to research and discover new methods in holistic and alternative medicine. These therapists must understand human anatomy and nutrition and how they affect one another in the body. Excellent people skills are needed to work closely with patients and to explain to them the benefits of this field in alternative medicine.

Career and Economic Outlook

Iridology therapists not only work with patients, but also work in research and help train students. Holistic medicine is on the rise, and patients are turning to alternative forms of to treatment and prevention. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all other therapists not listed separately, a category which includes iridology therapists, earned a median wage of $53,850 in 2017. The BLS also reported that all therapists who were not otherwise categorized could expect much-faster-than-average employment growth of 20% from 2016 to 2026.

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