Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Many physiotherapists today develop a specialized area of interest such as paediatrics, geriatrics, neurology (stroke, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries) cardiorespiratory (heart and lung problems) and orthopaedics (broken bones, back problems, arthritic conditions, sports injuries, etc.). Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Skills Required

  • a genuine interest in helping people
  • the interpersonal skills, patience, empathy and ability to motivate and encourage people
  • good health and physical stamina
  • good co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • good organizational skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • a positive outlook
  • aptitude for developing and implementing innovative health promotion programs

Education/Training Required

Master's degree (Physiotherapy)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate
Fair to Good

Education Required
6 years