Thriving in Career
“Difficult start in my first year. Had to work in other positions and industries to pay rent.”
Many chiropractors found out that practice was slower than expected the first few years after graduation. We will review the following fundamentals of a practice, and how they equally impact chiropractic success:
- Identifying your Practice Location
- Choosing your Practice Location
- Interactive Map of Chiropractors in BC
- BC Chiropractors Gender & BCCA Membership Composition
"Look at locations in an under-served area (there are still some of these around). Don't go places where there are already 10 new grads starting out."
Before signing up for the first practice opportunity, which may be unfavorable to your long-term lifestyle (e.g. long commute for a 4-hour working day) or career goals (e.g. the type of practice is not preferred), let’s consider the following:
Do you plan on growing your family in the next few years? If so, what are your requirements in regards to available education services, the type neighbourhood, resources near by etc...? How far are you willing to commute to work?
You would seek advice when buying a home, why not when it comes to your practice?
- Have you reviewed your finances with an accountant or financial planner to identify the affordability should you consider to own a practice, lease a room or working for someone?
In the initial stages of your career, are you comfortable practicing on every patient demographic and joining any type of practice?
- This may assist with debt repayment, while gaining experience, learning about the community and recognizing your ideal practice.
Check out the illustration below in regards to how practice area impacts your career.
- Have you identified if there is a specific patient population interest you may have (e.g. seniors, athletes, pediatrics), and which practice technique is popular with the community?
- Have you researched other health professionals (e.g. registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors) in the area to identify if there is a saturation in the market?
"I drove around my home community and found a place for lease in a good location."
Urban vs. Suburban vs. Rural Areas
Let's review the advantages and disadvantages of practicing in various areas across BC.
Please click on map pins to reveal the number of registered BCCA chiropractors vs. population in the area. Click on the +/- icon in the bottom right of the map to zoom in and out. Hover over, click and drag to view hidden areas.
The data are based on BCCA membership numbers as of 2017, and are not generated based on live statistic updates. Please note: This map may not perform optimally in all web browsers.
BCCA offer statistics above for research purposes only, since this is not a representation of all chiropractors in BC. BCCA is not liable for the data accuracy or any impact on your practice or decisions.