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The sky’s the limit for you career-wise if you choose an alternative medicine degree. After completing your studies, you’ll be equipped with a variety of valuable skills that you can apply to a range of industries and careers, whether you want to be a holistic health coach or create your own wellness-focused business/brand. Education in alternative and complementary medicine is becoming more widely appreciated and transferable into all sorts of jobs.

Rehabilitation centers, sports facilities, spas, and leisure centers are all opening their doors to holistic health. A well-rounded bachelor’s degree program includes the general education requirements and science background to help you move into the field of your choice. Consider combining your alternative medicine degree with other specialties like business or public health administration as an additional way of expanding your job opportunities.

What to Expect in Your Career in Alternative Medicine

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, healthcare occupations are projected to grow an enormous 15% over the next ten years. These jobs are often where alternative medicine graduates end up working.

Alternative medicine includes complementary medicine and works in conjunction with what we think of as traditional medical providers. Many doctors’ offices, athletic trainers, and spas welcome alternative medicine degree graduates into their businesses.

Your specific job responsibilities will be determined by the type of employment you seek, if you work for someone else or if you are self-employed.

Traditional Careers

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There are many traditional career options available to those with a degree in Alternative Medicine

Indeed, a quick search will show you that alternative medicine is a hot commodity in today’s job market. Traditional employers value the addition of a well-rounded education. Working in teams to treat patients is now the norm to find conventional employment locations hiring alternative medicine degree graduates.

Your area of specialty and additional education may determine which type of job is best for you, but here are some careers that may use alternative medicine as a complement to their more traditional programming:

  • Healthcare offices
  • Hospitals
  • Sports Programs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spas
  • Fitness Centers
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nutritionist


The above list is not an all-inclusive list of traditional careers. You may find that combining almost any degree with an alternative medicine degree will help build your resume. An attractive candidate for employment has a wide variety of skills and interests, making them the best person for the job.

Innovative Careers for Someone With an Alternative Medicine Degree

Many graduates will find their way to running their own business or working in a career field that is not within the traditional medical world. These careers are continually growing and changing. They involve innovation and consistent learning to ensure you are always meeting the market demand for new clients.

  • Personal Coaching/Trainer – Coaching comes in many forms and can be holistic, physical, or mental.
  • Beauty Expert – Working in a hair or nail salon with holistic products that help clients with their beauty needs.
  • Aging Specialist – Often working in conjunction with spas and dermatologists to combine natural remedies and traditional medicine for the best anti-aging results.
  • Movement Therapist – This includes yoga, strength, and other movement-oriented training to build the body and mind.
  • Meditation Trainer – Helping people learn the art of meditation.


Other practices that use alternative medicine graduates and might interest you include:

  • Hypnosis
  • Reiki
  • Electromagnetic therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage therapy
  • Chinese medicine
  • Naturopathy
  • Acupuncture


You are not limited in the realm of jobs when you have an alternative medicine degree. Using your creative energy and passions, you can find the people who need your services. It isn’t necessary to work for someone else, and instead, you have the opportunity to build your own business.

Continuing Your Education Plans

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If you are keen to continue your studies after a degree in alternative medicine, then consider a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration

Many students find that they are still hungry to learn more after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. The thirst to continually learn is an excellent one and will serve students well in their careers within alternative medicine.

A graduate degree program may be the logical next step for students unsure where they want to take their careers. A graduate degree that concentrates on complementary and alternative medicine students finds a home within public health careers frequently. The additional education provides the opportunity to fine-tune their specialties further.

Everglades University has an excellent Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration to consider. The theoretical concepts and hands-on education ensure students find a career beyond a bachelor’s degree’s entry-level options.

Take the First Steps Today!

Moving toward your alternative medicine degree starts with requesting more information from Everglades University. Our staff will help answer any questions you have about getting started on this exciting new adventure.

We are happy to connect you with one of the advisors for the alternative medicine degree program to discuss your career goals. Your advisor will work with you closely to ensure your degree program is designed with you in mind.

Or perhaps you are considering expanding your career and taking on a graduate degree program. Everglades University has the program that will work best for you there as well. Our Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration with an emphasis in Alternative Medicine is offered both in-person and online!

Whether you intend to combine your alternative medicine degree with another degree or continue to a graduate program, Everglades University is the best place to start. You can apply online or call us with questions at (888) 854-8308

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