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Salary and Career Info for a Master Herbalist

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a master herbalist. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about schooling, job duties and certification to find out if this is the career for you.

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After obtaining a degree and/or certification from a recognized school, master herbalists can elect to work in a retail store, or they might work independently for their own patients. Due to the various types of jobs and duties involved in this career, a master herbalist's salary ranges widely.

Essential Information

Master herbalist is a title one achieves after completing an appropriate degree program. While most accredited U.S. schools do not offer programs in herbal medicine, distance learning schools such as the American College of Healthcare Sciences offers sufficient programs. Most master herbalists are self-employed, while others choose to work for health food and alternative medicine retailers. Because herbalists are not recognized as physicians, they are not allowed to subscribe medicine, but they can suggest lifestyle changes such as diet and vitamin intakes.

Required Education Master Herbalist degree granted by a recognized school (such as the American College of Healthcare Sciences)
Other Requirements Certification as an herbalist from an accredited school
Median Salary (2016) $40,000 (for herbalists)*

Source: *Payscale.com

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Career Options

Those recognized as master herbalists work in a variety of settings, assisting people select herbal remedies for numerous applications. Their specific job duties and salaries can widely differ depending upon which careers they choose. According to the Global College of Natural Medicine (GCNM), most of these individuals are self-employed (www.gcnm.com).

Self-Employed Master Herbalists

These professionals find work in a large range of activities. Some work with creating natural products for sale in stores, while others focus on taking in clients and providing natural solutions to health-related problems. Some common physical ailments for which individuals seek natural remedies are listed below:

  • Skin disorders, including acne and rashes
  • Stomach problems
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatism

Career Requirements and Job Duties of a Master Herbalist

The United States requires that those who perform medical diagnoses prescribe pharmaceutical drugs have a medical degree. However, no medical degree is required of individuals who see clients and simply help them to improve their health, through the use of herbal remedies (www.naturalhealers.com). Many master herbalists observe patients and provide them with an assessment of why they are experiencing their specific health problems. They then suggest lifestyle changes which should help the problems. Many clients don't have any sort of ailments when they consult a master herbalist. Often, individuals turn to herbalists to find natural ways to improve their health.

Master herbalists might choose to work exclusively in one area, such as the creation of herbal supplements. Some individuals may decide to write books or articles about herbal remedies and supplies. Still others find jobs working for health food and medicine stores that sell many natural herbal products (www.gcnm.com).

Salary

Because of the lack of licensing required for herbalists and other natural medicine experts, combined with the high rate of self-employment in the field, salary statistics for master herbalists are not tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PayScale.com indicated that the median salary for herbalists as of August 2016 was $40,000. PayScale.com also published in August 2016 that the median hourly rate earned by managers working in herbal supplement retail stores was $15.00, while sales associates in the same type of stores earned a median of $8.95 an hour.

Master herbalists generally focus on the health and well-being of individuals through the use of herbal supplements. Many write books about the topic, while others choose to focus on the actual creation of herbal remedies.

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