Naturopathic physicians/doctors work in naturopathic clinics or private practice, while some also work in hospitals. They may treat their patients' illnesses using conventional as well as alternative medicine, and they diagnose and treat injuries and a variety of illnesses.
A doctorate degree and prior experience are generally required for this position, and clinical research experience is highly beneficial. They may use both modern scientific medicine and naturopathic treatments and must emphasize treatment using both natural and traditional forms as requested by their patients. They must take their patients' emotional and mental conditions into consideration in addition to physical health and maintain the philosophy of treating the whole person rather than only the symptoms.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important in this position, and a background check and drug test may also be necessary. Naturopathic physicians/doctors are encouraged to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date by reading professional journals and attending conferences, and flexibility may also be required to be on-call on a rotating basis.