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What are the career prospects of pursuing Physiotherapy program?

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An introduction to physiotherapy

Those suffering from a backache, muscle pull or sprain or even serious debilitating diseases such as arthritis seek the help of personnel who have expertise in treating such ailments.  This personnel is known as physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is a vocation that is focused on the treatment of muscular diseases, injuries or malformations.This is a field of health care where in there is an emphasis on the cure of movement malfunction as well its prevention. The article is meant to enlighten the masses about the career prospects of a physiotherapy program.

Mode of operation of a physiotherapist

The aim is to remedy defective motor abilities and improve upon the functional abilities of the patients’ muscles and overall quality of life. Physiotherapists employ various means of therapeutics which include manual therapy, exercise, and awareness to heal people of all ages and sizes. Ailing patients are generally old people, those suffering from stroke or any other neuro muscular disorders or the disabled. They are not only informed in detail about their illness but also treated by employing various innovative techniques.

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Skills Required

There are certain faculties that a physiotherapist must possess or inculcate to ensure a flourishing career in this branch of medicine and become sought after trained professionals.

  • Thorough knowledge of their vocation
  • Organizational abilities
  • Communication skills
  • Maintaining one’s calm and composure in dire times
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Ability to handle work pressure


Future prospects

 A career in physiotherapy looks quite promising because of the sedentary lifestyle that people have increasingly adopted due to modernization.  There is no dearth of job opportunities for professionals in this field. The various branches of medicine that a physiotherapist can delve in are:

  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal  medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Pulmonology
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Therapy

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Research and higher studies




 Those who have a knack for the discipline and who display great skill and proficiency in physiotherapy can go for a Ph.D. or a doctorate and further contribute to the specialty.

An interdisciplinary approach can be adopted when it comes to pursuing higher education. They can opt for courses like Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BPO) or Masters or MPT in the following:

  • Biomechanics
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Cardiothoracic physiotherapy etc.


Scope of job profiles

  • Both public and private sector organization employ physiotherapists to ensure the well-being of the members. Generally, government establishments require the applicants to be degree holders with at least a two-year experience in a government approved institution. Placements are available for municipalities and govt. centers that cater to the needs to the physically challenged.
  • Physiotherapists can function in various settings such as hospitals, health clubs, nursing homes, private practices, fitness centers etc.  They can also become a part of private clinics and practices and rehabilitation organizations apart from becoming a part of the medical panel of educational institutions and armed forces.
  • One can choose the path of becoming an educator after gaining the required qualifications.
  • Lately, there has been a trend of many physiotherapists opening up their own practices as well.
  • They work and give their counsel in dispensaries and OPDs.
  • Spas are an interesting workplace for physiotherapists.

There are a lot of opportunities for the profession in the western world including United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) etc. wherein they are recruited by large pharmaceutical corporations. 

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Prior qualifications

While the eligibility criterion for admittance varies from one institution to another, students from science stream typically find it easier to cope than any other background. The subjects that one should take up to carve a name in the field are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and physical and health education.


  • It is a noble profession as one has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who are plagued by incapacitating maladies such as paralysis or scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine).
  • Relative Flexibility of working hours


  • The salaries are not high
  • The nature of work is exhausting that leaves one exhausted.

The occupation is a valued intrinsic feature of the medical community as it alleviates the daily sores and aches of many despite many misconceptions people may have about it.

All the best to future aspirants!


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