I might be a bit late for this thread buts it is an important concern. I was qualified last year and I am young like many new practitioners now, still in my twenties.
First of all I have taken to calling myself an acupuncturist, because people know what that is. Acupuncture is huge, its big news, but Chinese medicine in general still gets confused looks.
I started my practice last year in the inner west of sydney at one its many "holistic therapies" centres. You know the ones, about 10-20 various therapists working a day or two each, no one is making money except the person who collects the rent.
After months of spending lots of money and earning nothing, I moved back to Canberra (my hometown) due to my partner getting a job here. I starting working three days per week in June at a busy well established clinic with two chiropractors who are real community people and team players. I have been there eight weeks and I have had 18 new patients. That is much more than I expected.
Acupuncture (and Chinese medicine by association) is in enormous demand. It is practically mainstream, its success stories are all through the media, people are interested. But they want to go to a real health professional who they feel they can trust; not the local crystal shop. Even if you are a bit of a hippy (like most of us!), resist getting too new age in your appeal. It is important to be accessible to the general public. Get involved with proper healthcare providers. That's my belief anyway.
And my last piece of advice is: unless you have lots of money to self promote, go back to your hometown or move out of the big city. I know of a former classmate who moved to the south coast and is the only practitioner for about 80 km. She sees about 40 patients in her three day week, and surfs on the other two days. Sweet.
Good luck! It IS a growth industry, there is lots of opportunity.