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          Helping you find a career in the physiotherapy industry

          Physiotherapy helps people 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 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.

          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 during evenings and weekends.

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          Which skills do I need for a career in physiotherapy?

          You should have an interest in health and fitness. This industry is developing continuously, so to deliver the best care, it's important you remain up to date with the latest developments.

          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. You'll need to be patient and sensitive to people's emotions when they are in treatment.

          What are typical career routes for physiotherapy graduates?

          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 choose to go freelance and set up their own practice. This requires a lot of experience and contacts so it shouldn't be seen as an immediate goal.

          In most physiotherapy roles there will be scope to move up into a managerial level and take on extra responsibilities. This may involve less time working with patients and more time on the administration and strategy side of the business.

          How can I get into the physiotherapy field?

          Work experience helps. Your course will give you plenty of opportunities to gain experience. You can always look for more work experience if you wish to.

          How much can graduates earn in Physiotherapy?

          As a qualified physiotherapist working for the NHS your salary will start somewhere between £23,000 and £30,000.

          With experience your salary can rise to around £36,000.

          Highly specialist physiotherapists can earn over £60,000.

          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 work after you've finished studying.

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

          Read more about the Physiotherapy industry

          Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

          Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

          Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

          Health & Care Professions Council

          Physio First