Another career field that should require a degree is the alternative medical practice of acupuncture. It is critical that a practitioner know what he is doing. Misplacement of needles or using multiuse needles that haven’t been properly sterilized has been known to cause death. If not placed properly, acupuncture needles can potentially puncture the heart or lungs, damage arteries and the liver, cause nerve problems, shock, even infection or hemorrhaging. These problems can be avoided with proper training.