Choosing a career to pursue is obviously one of the most important decisions we all have to make at some time or another. To make the best decision possible, it is important to have as much accurate and reliable information as possible. If your career interests lie in the health care field, you may be asking “why choose physiotherapy as a career?”
In this article, we will touch on three possible reasons why physiotherapy may be a good career choice. Of course, this does not mean that it will be a good choice for everyone. You should consider how well the demands of this and other career options correspond with your personality and interests.
Why Choose Physiotherapy As A Career?
The three reasons why deciding to study physiotherapy may be a good choice for you are as follows.
Physiotherapy Offers A Wide Range Of Possible Roles
If you would like to have the option to pursue a wide range of career paths before deciding which is best for you, physiotherapy could be the right choice for you. It will certainly present you with many alternative career paths after you have graduated. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Working with a sports team (which may be a local, professional or even national team);
- Running a private practice providing physiotherapy services to clients. This will require business marketing and management skills in additional to technical physiotherapy knowledge;
- Teaching physiotherapy courses in an institution of higher learning;
- Working as a researcher trying to find a cure for an illness such as multiple sclerosis. Instead of trying to find a cure, you may be doing research to find a set of physiotherapy exercises that will improve the ability to manage a disease like arthritis.
These career paths each require a wide variety of skills and personality types. As such, almost anyone will be able to find one of them that meets their interests and proclivities, whether these involve working with sports injuries, teaching and research or business management.
This type of flexibility can be particularly helpful if you are still undecided about your precise career path after graduation. You can choose to “dip your toe in the water” of several options in order to get a hands on idea of what it is like. Once you have had a sufficiently wide range of experiences, you will be ready to make a commitment to your long term career path.
Physiotherapy Offers Interesting Opportunities For Involvement In Sports At Many Levels
As mentioned above, one possible career option for physiotherapists involves working with sports teams at the local, professional or even national level. So if you have a passion for sports in general (or even a particular sport) physiotherapy gives an opportunity to work with athletes and help them optimize their performance.
In addition to involvement in sports, we should note that physiotherapist openings with professional sports teams are among the best paid in the field. Opportunities to work with athletes in individual sports can also be lucrative and may compare with the best paid medical careers in many other fields.
Physiotherapy Offers An Opportunity To Improve The Quality Of Life Enjoyed By Many Individuals
Physiotherapists work with patients who are trying to recover from sporting or other injuries in order to return to their normal lives and pursuits, whether occupational or recreational. As such, it offers the opportunity to make a real difference to the quality of life of your patients. This can in turn be very satisfying for you as the physiotherapist.
For the same reason, physiotherapists (like members of other “care professions”) are also held in high regard by society. They are generally viewed as playing an important role in the advancement of human welfare. This high regard is another source of major satisfaction to those pursuing career options in physiotherapy.
In this article, we have presented three compelling reasons to consider pursuing a a career in physiotherapy. However, it is important to note that these will not necessarily be applicable to everyone. Their relevance will depend on the extent to which one or more of the following applies to you:
- The flexibility to switch your day to day responsibilities every few years (e.g. in order to keep your job fresh and interesting);
- Your interest in athletes and sports at various levels;
- The importance of being held in high esteem by society and helping to improve people’s quality of life.
In reading this article, we encourage you to consider how each of these qualities fits your personality and interests. Assessing the extent to which they do will help you to make a better decision as regards your choice of career.