An osteopath's normal workday would be 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. However, in some cases evening or weekend work may also be required. Most osteopaths are in private practice or work with other health professionals in a clinic. Osteopaths work in air conditioned offices.
On average, chiropractors and osteopaths can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.
Osteopaths need to be able to read x-rays and other diagnostic test results. They may also need to be able to use ultrasound equipment.
To become an osteopath, you usually need to study science at university with a major in osteopathy, followed by a master’s degree in osteopathy. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree.
There are no suitable courses for osteopaths available in Western Australia (WA). There are suitable courses offered interstate. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
To work as an osteopath in WA, you must obtain professional registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, and hold a current Working with Children clearance issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Community Services.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
Back to top
If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.