What's nice about 3 graduating classes a year is you get to keep tabs on each other post graduation easier. A friend of ours who is about 10 years older than us decided to be a chiropractor after years of business management being his background. He began with my husband but fell behind which can easily happen if you fail any classes. Also, just in case you forgot, if passing every class isn't enough they have to master and pass a series of 4 national exams that are expensive. This gentleman graduated and was not able to pass one of the parts of the national exams. In fact, right now he is waiting to hear results of the one part that he has taken several times so that he can FINALLY get to do what my husband has been doing for almost 3 years. The tests themselves are over a $1,000 and they make you wait 6 months to take it and retake it and retake it potentially. In the mean time, to make a living he is pulling in about 50K a year managing a restaurant near the school. I asked him how he landed such a sweet job and he said, "I took all signs of Doctor and Chiropractic completely off my resume." I told him he may not want to quit his day job right away!!
The smartest guy in Brads graduating class went on to associate and is still not pulling in sustainable income! If it weren't for his wife, a nurse working for a major auto manufacturer's occupational health department bringing in close to 80K a year herself they would be broke. I don't know about her, but I didn't sign up for that! I don't think our husbands did either! We were under the false impression that it was a growing industry and gaining popularity and such to justify paying so much time, and money to become a chiropractor! I will make sure on our next round of job applications we purge the term chiropractor off completely! 50K a year is better than 20K!