Strong demand for qualified osteopaths
Demand for osteopaths is expected to remain strong due to:
- the increasing popularity of alternative health therapies
- ACC are funding osteopathic treatments
- low numbers of new graduates
- the aging population means more people are using osteopathic services.
Osteopath appears on Immigration New Zealand's Green List. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled osteopaths from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, 557 registered osteopaths worked in New Zealand in 2020.
Plenty of jobs for new graduates
There are good job opportunities for new graduates as only 20 to 30 people graduate each year and become registered as osteopaths. New graduates usually work as an associate in an osteopathic clinic or natural health care clinic.
Self-employment common among osteopaths
Most osteopaths (over 80%) are self-employed and have private practices. Osteopaths may also be employed by:
- private osteopathic clinics
- public and private hospitals
- natural health care clinics
- education institutions as teachers or researchers.