Physiotherapy jobs can take on different levels of involvement from being a degreed physiotherapist or a physiotherapy assistant. Physiotherapists are concerned with the treatment of ailments by using a physical approach to understanding and management of a variety of physical conditions. These physical ailments can cause discomfort and pain in individuals and may result from illnesses, physical trauma or in many cases as a result of aging. The different types of physiotherapy jobs are first concerned with the different types of conditions that they are required to handle as well as related with the different age groups within which their patients fall.
Physiotherapists use a variety of skills to treat and manage their patients. In many cases they are concerned with using physical therapy and manual methods to treat patients. They also sometimes use of electro-physical techniques and are thought to understand and use psychological, as well as socio cultural differences to better understand their clients and how their backgrounds may affect their conditions as well as their treatments.
One of the broad classifications of physiotherapist jobs is as follows;
- Outpatients Care
- Intensive Care Unit
- Women’s Health
- Geriatric care
- Neurological Care
- Clinical Electrophysiology
- Orthopedic Care
- Pediatric Care
- Occupational Health
- Vestibular Care
- Care of the Terminally Ill
Where do you expect to work as a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists generally work in hospitals and clinics in their different specialties. They are needed in almost every department in the hospital from the intensive care to the outpatient care and follow up. They usually use the physiotherapy gyms that are usually found on the hospitals to treat patients. They are also found in schools, industries in sport centers and recreational facilities as well as in research and education where they can work as teachers or researchers (in many cases these are usually combined).
Physiotherapists are also employed in sports by teams and also as private coaches where they recommend exercise regimes for prevention as well as treatment of ailments to improve performance and also to help quick recovery from injury.
To succeed in physiotherapy jobs you do not only need to learn and master the skills of your trade, but you also need to be able to work with the other professionals that are involved in the management of a patient like the GPs, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists as well as the family of the patients that you are dealing with.
To become a physiotherapist you are usually required to complete a four year bachelor’s degree program. This program is usually accompanied with clinical practice. However in some settings you are required to take clinical practice only after you have completed your degree. Depending on the country or state that you are in you may be required to sit for professional exams or register with the appropriate authority to give you the license to practice. From this point on you can start looking for and applying for jobs.
Physiotherapy jobs are usually advertised in hospitals and health establishments, sports clubs, health centers, the internet and in many establishments that require the services of a physiotherapist.