Herbalists work with plants and herbs with the intention of using them to treat patients with various types of health problems and concerns. At present herbalists’ methods are considered to be alternative forms of healing but this is a new but growing medically-related field. There are no federal or state agencies that regulate herbal practice and according to the website httpeducation-portal.com there are very few formal programs for herbal education. Some colleges and universities offer classes in botanical medicine but only few accredited institution have programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in herbal science. The American Herbalist Guild (AHG) has a mentorship program that assists students in obtaining training. AHG keeps track of distance learning and on-site courses as well as apprenticeship programs and it makes recommendations about courses such as botany anatomy pathology physiology and nutrition. In addition aspiring herbalists should be knowledgeable about therapeutic herbalism and pharmcognosy which are the studies of drugs derived from plants and other natural sources. Herbalists must also keep up with new trends and discoveries. Herbalists should have some training in counseling which is useful when they consult with clients to diagnose the nature of the problem that patient is experiencing so they can recommend the best possible treatment plan. Some herbalists are employed by holistic medicine clinics or by health and wellness organizations or even by the herbal industry. However most herbalists are self-employed and their income depends on how much they charge per hour and how many hours they work. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com job prospects are good and herbalists earn a median hourly wage of approximately $55.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $114400
High Salary: $124400
Low Salary: $104400
Tasks: Uses herbs and plants to treat ailments.
Consults with patients to determine medical issues.
Operates a clinic similar to a regular doctor's office.
Maintains patient records.
Also Called: Holistic Professional
Nutritional Therapist
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/7784/Herbalist.html