By Austra Health
Oct 4, 2019
The benefits of working as a physiotherapist
If you are looking for a rewarding and engaging job in allied health, physiotherapy could be the ideal career pursuit for you. The demand for professionals in the area of physical therapy has soared in recent years, due to numerous factors such as an ageing population and a growing interest in preventative medicine.
This sees ample job opportunities for those wanting to work in the area of physiotherapy, making it worthy of investment with regards to education. The benefits of entering into physiotherapy are numerous, being a role that offers various career pathways, diversity, job security and personal satisfaction.
Here are some of the main reasons why you should consider physiotherapy as a way to advance your career within the allied health space.
Diversity of work
One of the major benefits of working as a physiotherapist is the wide range of patients and environments you can work with, allowing you to move into an area that is of particular interest to you.
Physiotherapists can perform their duties in a variety of work settings, including schools, community health centres, private and public hospitals, gyms and rehab facilities. Some will work with elite athletes and sports teams, while others will treat elderly people to help restore their mobility and cope with age-related disorders.
Essentially no two days are the same in the life of a physiotherapist. They will complete a wide range of tasks, from establishing treatment goals and assessing patients’ physical capabilities through to re-training a stroke patient to walk.
Career growth and opportunities
Health care and social assistance has been the fastest growing sector in Australia in the last five year, with physiotherapy gaining particular growth since the rollout of the NDIS. According to The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, physiotherapy can expect to see very strong future growth, while The Australian Job Outlook suggests that there will be approximately 13,000 total, or 2,600 job openings for physiotherapists each year in the 5 years to 2023.
This data demonstrates that the demand for qualified physiotherapists is high and is likely to remain so over the coming years, meaning job security and a stable career.
The salary outlook for physiotherapists is positive, with the average professional earning an average of just over $81,000 per year. Entry level positions typically start at $56,000 while more experienced physiotherapists can expect to receive up to $120,000 annually.
This, coupled with the benefits of typically having traditional working hours - as opposed to shift work which is required from many other medical practitioners - makes working as a physiotherapists extremely favourable.
No matter which area of physiotherapy you work in or the type of patients you treat, physiotherapy can be an immensely rewarding experience for any allied health professional. When working with patients who are disabled, in severe pain or struggling with mobility, you are rewarded by knowing you are having an incredible impact on someone’s recovery or physical health goals.
If you are interested in finding a job in physiotherapy or any other allied health roles, contact one of Austra Health’s specialist health consultants.