Preparing for your future is exciting, especially when parts of the journey are uncharted and so many new experiences await. Chiropractic College is where your next adventure begins. You'll learn through real-life clinical and practical research and hands-on practice from expert mentor-practitioners in an array of diverse healthcare environments. So how can you prepare? Let's take a look at some common traits of chiropractors that contribute to a successful chiropractic career.

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Organizational Skills

Chiropractors are known to be organized, because they have to be. Whether you start your career working in a clinic or you open your own practice, you'll deal with a schedule, and could help manage fellow employees, bill insurance companies, and maintain patients' files. Organizational skills make better chiropractors.

Empathy

Chiropractors often care for people who are in pain, so they must be understanding and sympathetic to their patients' problems and needs. If you're an empathetic person and want to help people feel better, you'll build better relationships with your patients.

Decision-Making

Chiropractors must make decisions for their patients, like what the best treatment is for an ailment or injury, when to refer patients to other healthcare professionals, and what patients can do to help themselves recover on their own personal time. Decision-making is a major characteristic of chiropractors, and as you progress in your career, you'll improve your ability to make decisions based on experience, knowledge. 

Communication

Communication is a cornerstone of the chiropractic skill set. Doctors talk extensively with patients to understand their health issues and aspects of their daily lives that contribute to pain and medical problems. Chiropractors are also teachers dedicated to helping patients learn to take better care of themselves. As a chiropractor, you'll spend most of your time communicating with your patients to ensure the right care is given, and that treatment is clearly understood.

There are many more skills and traits you can work on to prepare for Chiropractic College and your career as a chiropractor. Our new guide, "Preparing for Chiropractic College," (link) equips you with even more tips and industry insights to help you become the best chiropractor you can be.

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