Alternative therapist - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in complementary and aesthetic therapies

Alternative therapist - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They apply manipulative, energetic, vibrational and non-pharmaceutical aesthetic and therapeutic procedures. Therapeutic procedures aim to treat psycho-neuro-functional, musculoskeletal and energetic diseases, in addition to pathologies and foot deformities. In the case of doulas, they aim to provide continuous support to the pregnant woman in the puerperal pregnancy cycle, favoring the evolution of childbirth and the well-being of the pregnant woman. They assess the physiological, systemic, energetic, vibrational and unaesthetic dysfunctions of patients/clients. They recommend to their patients/clients the practice of exercises, the use of flower essences and herbal medicines in order to reduce pain, restore energy, physiological and psycho-organic balance, as well as cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and essential oils aimed at their health and well-being. . Some professionals use piercing-cutting instruments, topical medications and orthoses, others use oriental and conventional medicine methods.

How much does an Alternative therapist earn

A Alternative therapist earns between $1.163 and $4.418 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.934 and a median salary of $1.510 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 251 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Alternative therapist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.934 23.213 484 10
1º Quartile 1.163 13.954 291 6
Median Salary 1.510 18.120 378 8
3º Quartile 3.369 40.434 842 17
Higher Salary 4.418 53.018 1.105 23


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • technologists and technicians in complementary and aesthetic therapies

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in complementary and aesthetic therapies they work in the area of health, social services and personal services. The vast majority act as self-employed, working on their own, individually, although beauticians can also work in a team. They perform their duties indoors, without supervision and during daytime hours, although beauticians and doulas may also work irregular hours.


What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in complementary and aesthetic therapies

The training required for beauticians is that of a mid-level technician or degree in technology. In the case of Doulas, a basic professional qualification course of up to 200 hours is required, with no need for professional experience to perform the occupation. For the other occupations, training in a medium-level technical course in the area of activity is required. The full exercise of activities, for beauticians, occurs after a period of approximately two years of professional practice. In the case of massage therapists and holistic therapists, the full exercise of activities takes about less than one year of professional experience; for acupuncture technicians, chiropractors and podiatrists no prior experience required.


Functions and activities of Alternative therapist

Technologists and technicians in complementary and aesthetic therapies must:

  • applying therapeutic and/or aesthetic procedures;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • providing support/support for women in the puerperal pregnancy cycle;
  • apply therapeutic and/or aesthetic procedures;
  • evaluate dysfunctions;
  • perform podiatry and/or aesthetic treatment and correction;
  • work safely;
  • manage clinic/therapeutic/esthetic space;
  • applying therapeutic and/or aesthetic procedures;
  • administer clinic/therapeutic/esthetic space;
  • provide support for women in the pregnancy-puerperal cycle;
  • communicate;
  • provide support for women in the puerperal pregnancy cycle;

  • Activities

    • schedule appointments/services;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • guidance on static and dynamic posture;
    • demonstrate holistic view;
    • conduct creative visualization;
    • treat keratoses;
    • demonstrate listening skills;
    • evaluate cardiorespiratory, circulatory, digestive, genitourinary systems;
    • locate areas of energy imbalance;
    • take anthropometric and energetic measurements;
    • select stimuli;
    • sanitize material (ball, stool, wheelie, etc);
    • work with ergonomic posture;
    • manage finances;
    • identify unsightly facial, body and hair dysfunctions;
    • demonstrate listening skills;
    • toning energy;
    • put on nail orthoses (unicorthesis);
    • discard expired material and/or products;
    • produce reports;
    • correcting energetic-psycho-organic, physiological, biochemical, enzymatic imbalances and hormonal;
    • teach proprioception techniques;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • repositioning viscera and other organs;
    • perform client/patient evaluation;
    • demonstrate aesthetic sense;
    • evaluate the emotional state of the companion;
    • search scientific articles;
    • perform a relaxing massage;
    • prescribe cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and essential oils;
    • applying pre and post surgical procedures;
    • plan procedures;
    • sanitize workplace;
    • pulping muscular structures and integumentary system;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • unblock energy circulation;
    • apply compresses;
    • identify chiropractic subluxations;
    • archive client/patient record;
    • demonstrate self-knowledge;
    • evaluate soft tissues;
    • suggest pain relief postures;
    • promote breastfeeding in the first hour of life;
    • evaluate patient/client microsystems;
    • analyze biomechanics;
    • give classes, courses and lectures;
    • apply emollients, medicines, cosmetics and cosmeceuticals;
    • reposition viscera and other organs;
    • encourage active participation of the companion;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • select technique, type of therapy and work resource;
    • applying micropigmentation techniques;
    • apply vibrational energy;
    • teach perineal preparation technique;
    • guide on static and dynamic posture;
    • recommend flower essences;
    • listen to patient/client;
    • make corrective and nail protection orthoses;
    • use epi;
    • demonstrate sensory perception;
    • put on joint containment orthoses;
    • refer the patient to other professionals;
    • applying skin cleansing techniques;
    • demonstrate discretion;
    • balance muscle tonus;
    • evaluate signs and symptoms;
    • apply therapeutic massages;
    • correcting chiropractic subluxations;
    • recommend insoles and shoes;
    • apply needles, moxibustion and cupping;
    • evaluate the patient/client's bioenergetic, emotional and vibrational state;
    • evaluate muscular system (strength, temperature and tone);
    • demonstrate leadership;
    • applying manipulative stimuli;
    • evaluate neuromusculoskeletal systems;
    • recommend exercises;
    • apply techniques for revitalization, prevention and facial, body and hair maintenance ;
    • adapt environment for the well-being of the parturient;
    • advise patient/client on preventive measures;
    • inform patient/client about their condition;
    • applying frequency radiations of light;
    • attend fairs, congresses;
    • explain techniques and procedures;
    • prepare patient/client;
    • select acupuncture points;
    • provide advice;
    • training staff;
    • indicate hydrotherapy techniques;
    • control stock;
    • perform asepsis of the place;
    • applying makeup techniques;
    • facilitate the descent and positioning of the baby;
    • teaching to time contraction;
    • detoxify the organism;
    • perform personal asepsis;
    • demonstrate intuitive perception;
    • evaluate electromagnetic conditions of the patient/client;
    • applying hair removal techniques;
    • pack sharp materials for disposal;
    • balancing muscle tone;
    • apply electrotherapy techniques (pre and post surgery, facial treatments, body and hair);
    • acquire products/equipment;
    • demonstrate physical fitness;
    • teaching breathing techniques;
    • store products;
    • analyze exams;
    • package contaminated waste for incineration;
    • stimulating emotional integration;
    • assist pregnant women in the preparation of the birth plan;
    • evaluate the quality of the support network for pregnant, parturient and postpartum women;
    • recommend further exams;
    • advise patient/client about preventive measures;
    • perform relaxing massage;
    • work in a multi and interdisciplinary team;
    • disclose services;
    • register client/patient;
    • train staff;
    • establish a contract with client/patient;
    • promoting bond in the first baby-mother contact;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • treat nail plates (nails);
    • perform a postpartum visit;
    • provide maintenance of the clinic/therapeutic/esthetic space;
    • perform dressings;
    • applying needles, moxibustion and cupping;
    • perform antisepsis on the patient/client;
    • demonstrate hand skill;
    • confirm client/patient;
    • register technical information;
    • training exercises for driving and natural induction of labor ;
    • demonstrate ability to work under pressure;
    • draining energy stagnation (sedating);
    • advise a companion;
    • pulping joint and bone structures;
    • applying eyebrow design techniques;
    • treat skin and appendages diseases and infections;
    • prepare molds and models for orthoses;
    • indicate herbal medicines;
    • stimulating alignment, body awareness, neuro-energetic and vibrational reorganization;
    • stimulating cranio-sacral movement;
    • normalize joint movements (active, passive and joint play) and nerves pills or irritated (nervous flow);


    Sectors that hire Alternative therapist the most in the job market

    • aesthetic activities and other beauty care services
    • psychosocial assistance to people with psychic disorders, mental disability and chemical dependency
    • psychology and psychoanalysis activities
    • integrative and complementary practice activities in human health
    • psychosocial assistance center activities
    • welfare services without accommodation
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • occupational therapy activities
    • social, sports and similar clubs
    • other human health care activities




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