Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists

NOC
3142

Help patients to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility and alleviate pain through individually designed treatment programs.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

51
 

Median Hourly Wage

$36.38
$22.00
Low
$38.00
High

Median Salary

$65,656
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

523
 

% Working Full Time

87%
 

% Working Full Year

72%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main 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
  • Provide advice on exercise and strategies to implement at home to enhance and or maintain treatment
  • 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, geriatrics, in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, burns or sports injuries or in the field of ergonomics.

Also Known As

  • physical therapist
  • physiotherapist
  • registered physiotherapist
  • research physiotherapist
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in physiotherapy and a period of supervised practical training are required.
  • Physical rehabilitation therapists, who are only found in Quebec, require completion of a 3 year college program.
  • A licence or registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
  • Completion of a physiotherapist competency examination is required in all provinces and territories.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

81.2%
Female
18.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
30.9%
25-34
25.5%
35-44
35.1%
45-54
6.4%
55-64
2.1%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
0.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
6.2%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
93.8%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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91.8%
Health care and social assistance
2.1%
Finance and insurance
2.1%
Professional, scientific and technical services
4.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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13.30%
Northeast
28.60%
Southeast
28.60%
Southwest
18.40%
Central
11.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$68,374
Northeast
$66,050
Southeast
$63,599
Southwest
$55,521
Central
$62,164
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$36.38
$22.00
Low
$38.00
High

Southwest

$36.38
$22.00
Low
$38.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$65,656

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$69,596

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$65,656

Newfoundland

$77,506

Prince Edward Island

$61,874

Nova Scotia

$63,680

Canada

$59,446
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

51
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

38
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

159
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

28
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

132