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What they do?

Physiotherapists perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May provide consulting or education services.

B. Physiotherapists practice in a variety of clinical areas such as neurology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, which may include obstetrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, sports injuries, geriatrics, and the treatment of patients with burns or in the field of ergonomics.

C. Assess patients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests

D. Establish treatment goals with patients based on physical diagnoses

E. Plan and implement programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy

F. Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly

G. Communicate with referring physician and other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs and progress

H. Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals

I. Develop and implement health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community

J. May conduct research in physiotherapy

K. May teach at university level.

Where they find work?

1. Health care and social assistance - 100.0%

What education do I need?

1. You must have a professional master's degree in physiotherapy and a period of supervised practical training.

2. To practise, you must be registered or licensed with the regulatory board in the province/territory where you'll work. You may also need to complete the Physiotherapy National Exam administered by the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulatory Boards.

3. With experience and additional training, you may move up the ranks to become a manager such as director of physiotherapy, open your own private practice or teach at university.

4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Physics
4. Biology

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Physiotherapists is $25.89/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Physiotherapists wages

Expected Wage by Age

Physiotherapists Wage By Age


2% of Physiotherapists are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.


Physiotherapists Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Physiotherapists Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Physiotherapists is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($25.89) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. he employment growth rate will likely be above average because of ongoing trends--a growing and aging population (in particular, more Canadians with disabilities) that requires more health care, new technologies that create new treatments, and changes in the way governments provide health care.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be below average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Therapy and Assessment Professionals are found in British Columbia and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are inPrince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (61%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Proposal writing

2. Business and financial management

Part Time Workers

Physiotherapists Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

26% of Physiotherapists are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 19,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004.

Age Demographics

Physiotherapists Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The younger-than-average age (38) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Physiotherapists Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 26% of Physiotherapists are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Physiotherapists Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

88% of the individuals employed as Physiotherapists are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.