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Helping you find a career in the Physiotherapy industry

Physiotherapy is used to help those who are struggling with issues related to their joints and muscles after an injury, or due to aging or disability. If you’re interested in helping people with physical ailments, this will be a very rewarding career choice.

The vast majority of physiotherapy graduates will go on to work as physiotherapists, but if you don’t fancy that your degree will also enable you to pursue a career in personal training, acupuncture or osteopathy.

Those that choose to become physiotherapists can work in a number of different settings. The NHS is a major employer, but there are also a range of private clinics and leisure centres that require physiotherapists.

Most roles will have a typical working day of 9am-5pm, although in some clinics you may be required to work in the evenings and weekends.


Skills & interests required for a career in Physiotherapy
To work in physiotherapy you should have an interest in health and fitness. This industry is developing all the time, so to deliver the best care you should try to remain up to date through reading the relevant publications.

Your work will have you in close contact with patients on a day-to-day basis. Therefore you will need to be able to build relationships with people quickly and communicate well.

If you work in a hospital then the physiotherapy could be part of a wider treatment plan and you may have to work as a team to deliver the best care.

People can find physiotherapy frustrating, particularly when as part of a recovery process. It’s important that you can be patient and sensitive to people’s emotions when they are in treatment.

Some other skills that will benefit you in physiotherapy include:
- Organisation
- Problem Solving
- Teamwork
- Time Management
Graduate schemes & other typical career progression routes in Physiotherapy
The NHS is a major employer of physiotherapy graduates, and they work on a band setting that lays out a clear progression route. Graduates will usually begin at band 5 and with experience can reach band 7.

As you gain more experience you may choose to specialise in a specific area of physiotherapy such as sports, women’s health or respiratory.

Some physiotherapists will choose to go freelance and set up their own practice, but this will likely require a lot of experience and contacts so should not be seen as an immediate goal. If you would like to work for yourself one day, a career in physiotherapy first would be ideal.

In most physiotherapy roles there will be scope to move up into a managerial level and take on extra responsibilities within the workplace. This may involve less time working with patients and more time on the administration and strategy side of the business.
Tips for getting into the field
As part of your course you will already have a lot of experience in a physiotherapy environment. If you decide that you want to do is in a different direction, make sure to seek out some work experience as soon as possible.
How much can graduates earn in Physiotherapy?
As a qualified physiotherapist working for the NHS your salary will start somewhere between £22,000 and £29,000. With experience this could increase to £36,000, and highly specialised physiotherapists could earn £41,000.
What qualifications do I need for a career in Physiotherapy?
To work as a physiotherapist you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, which requires an undergraduate or accelerated postgraduate degree course. As part of your course, you will do 1,000 hours of training and be well positioned to go straight into working after you have finished studying.

You may also want to consider doing a postgraduate qualification in physiotherapy to accelerate your career.
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