Osteopaths who are also called “osteopathic physicians” or “doctors of osteopathic medicine” make up approximately seven percent of practicing physicians in the United States. According to the website httppagerankstudio.com both osteopaths and medical doctors base their practices on science and both use similar methods for diagnosing medical symptoms. However osteopaths evaluate a patient’s overall health before determining the best treatment for specific problems. The treatments osteopaths recommend usually focus on holistic remedies for health issues and they sometimes hold off on prescribing medicines and surgery until the body has a chance to heal itself. Osteopaths can specialize but the website www.ehow.com says that the majority practice as primary care physicians and they are especially focused on taking comprehensive medical histories and educating their patients on healthy lifestyles. Aspiring osteopaths must earn a bachelor’s degree including pre-medical science requirements before applying to an accredited four-year college of osteopathic medicine. Upon graduation they serve three to six years in an internship and residency after which they must pass state licensing exams similar to that required for traditional medical doctors. Earnings for osteopaths depend on their medical specialty years of experience location and type of facility in which they work. The website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com says that the median annual salary for general osteopathic medicine is approximately $150000. However those who specialize in radiology the highest-paid of the osteopathic specialties have median earnings of approximately $277000.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $213500
High Salary: $277000
Low Salary: $150000
Tasks: Practices in all medical specialties.
Provides a unique type of patient centered care.
Considers the whole body when determining proper treatment.
Helps the body to heal itself through health maintenance and self-regulation.
Also Called: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Additional Resources: http://www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com/jobs-osteopathy.asp