Careers in Herbalism
Someone looking to enter this career can either open an individual practice or partner with an already established physician to provide holistic services to patients. Either way, it is recommended that practicing herbalists have at least two years of herbology education (if not more), with advanced training in clinical herbalism. Acquiring a degree in a related field of health is also beneficial.
Teaching & Public Speaking
Opportunities to teach and public speak are popping up across the country and across the globe. Many regions don’t have established herbal groups and others have them but need guest speakers and educators to continue growing.
Blogging & Freelance Writing
Selling Herbal Products
There are so many products herbalists learn to make through their studies: salves and balms, herbal supplements, tinctures and teas, spices, and much, much more!
Herbalists will often venture into their own businesses after studying herbs. Products may be sold through a number of avenues: websites, blogs, Etsy, farmer’s markets, fairs, and other events. Herbalists have opportunities to establish both B2B and B2C organizations.
Sales & Consulting
Holistic Job Opportunities
Job openings in administration to nutrition consultation to business management are all realistic opportunities for the studied herbalist. Having a certificate in herbalism offers a competitive edge and the specialization often desired in holistic organizations.
CSAs and urban gardening for restaurants, schools, and hospitals are also areas to pursue with a certification in herbalism.
Further Education Opportunities
Below is a basic list of majors that may benefit from a knowledge of herbalism. The options stretch as far as the imagination.
Aromatherapy, mind-body medicine, psychotherapy, reiki, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, physical therapy, osteopathy, kinesiology, chiropractic, nursing, biology, environmental sciences, exercise science, nutrition, dietitian, holistic skin care, caregiving, life coaching, social work, mental health, forestry, agriculture, and veterinary. Even marketing and communications professionals can open up opportunities by studying herbalism for career advancement.