With the rising prevalence of chronic disease, more Americans are choosing holistic, lifestyle-based care like naturopathic medicine. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this demand for alternative health care will continue to grow because of “research and changing attitudes about alternative, non-invasive health care practices.”
In order to make naturopathic care accessible, more states are recognizing and licensing naturopathic doctors (NDs). Currently 20 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories license NDs with three states gaining licensure approval in the last year alone: Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
While several states continue their effort toward ND licensure, NUHS naturopathic medicine graduates are still finding lucrative careers in prelicensed states like Illinois where their program is based.
Below, three NUHS graduates describe their current careers and provide insight into their success.