Physiotherapists

(NOC 3142)

in All Health

Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 90 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Physiotherapists most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 59% of Physiotherapists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $72,361. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$15.40

Minimum

$37.00

Median

$48.08

Maximum

Annual Pay

$15,942

Minimum

$63,535

Median

$81,361

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Job duties

Physiotherapists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess patients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests.
  • Establish treatment goals with patients based on physical diagnoses.
  • Plan and implement programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly.
  • Communicate with referring physician and other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs and progress.
  • Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals.
  • Develop and implement health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community.
  • May conduct research in physiotherapy.
  • May provide consulting or education services. // Physiotherapists may focus their practice in particular clinical areas such as neurology, oncology, rheumatology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics, and geriatrics, in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, burns or sports injuries or in the field of ergonomics.

Sample job titles

  • clinical physical therapist
  • consultant physiotherapist
  • physical rehabilitation therapist
  • physical therapist
  • physical therapy clinical specialist
  • physical therapy supervisor
  • physiotherapist
  • physiotherapy clinical co-ordinator
  • physiotherapy supervisor
  • registered physiotherapist

Skills

To work in this field, you should have an interest in health and in caring for the special needs of people. Ingenuity, initiative, and imagination are needed to adapt activities to individual needs. You should be patient, self-disciplined, and resourceful. The ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important. A strong sense of responsibility, good judgement, and communication skills are also necessary. Physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • A university degree in physiotherapy and a period of supervised practical training are required.
  • A licence or registration with a regulatory body is required to practice physiotherapy in Nova Scotia.
  • Completion of the Physiotherapy National Exam, administered by the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulatory Boards, may be required.

Other considerations

A growing number of people in this group are self-employed. Progression to management positions, such as director of physiotherapy, is possible through experience and additional training.

By the numbers

Quick look

615

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

17.1%

self employed

80.9%
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19.1%
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41.8

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

57.3%

Halifax

13.7%

Southern

12.2%

Northern

10.7%

Cape Breton

6.9%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

98.4%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.6%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

33.3%

25-34

33.3%

35-44

23.3%

45-54

8.3%

55-64

3.3%

65+

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

48.8%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
35.8%

Doctorate

N/A
9.8%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A
4.1%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
3.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Physical therapy/therapist

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to alleviate physical and functional impairments and limitations caused by injury or disease through the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions to promote fitness and health. These programs include courses in functional anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, pathological physiology, analysis of dysfunction, movement dynamics, physical growth process, management of musculoskeletal disorders, clinical evaluation and measurement, client assessment and supervision, care plan development and documentation, physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy administration, and professional standards and ethics.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Rehabilitation science

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on human function, disability, and rehabilitation from the perspectives of the health sciences, social sciences, psychology, engineering, and related fields. These programs include courses in psychological, social, and cultural aspects of disability and rehabilitation; sensory and motor function and dysfunction; biomechanics and kinesiology; assistive technology; rehabilitation instrumentation and methodology; statistics; and health and rehabilitation policy.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Physiotherapist

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists
PO Box 309, Station Main
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y5
(866) 225-1060
(902) 245-3134

Contacts

Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association
PO Box 33013, Quinpool Centre
Halifax, NS B3L 4T6
Tel: (902) 406-2619
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
1243 Islington Avenue, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M8X 1Y9
Tel: (416) 234-8800
Fax: (416) 234-8820
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
955 Green Valley Crescent, Suite 270
Ottawa, ON K2C 3V4
Tel: (800) 387-8679
Fax: (613) 564-1577

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