Physiotherapy is a broad and important area of Medicine and Public Health, with specialists in high demand by many employers. More generally, graduates holding a degree in Physiotherapy (from undergraduate to PhD level) also develop many transferrable skills that are useful in a wide range of career paths.
Those considering studying a degree in Physiotherapy should require no persuasion but, for those that would benefit from a little nudge in the right direction, here are five of the top reasons to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.
By Coventry University
1. Physiotherapy helps people: Becoming a physiotherapist offers the opportunity for a challenging, rewarding and satisfying career. Physiotherapists make a real difference to the quality of life for their patients, enhancing their health and wellbeing by restoring functional movement.
2. Physiotherapists are needed in society: Physiotherapists are well-respected and valued members of society. People from all ages can suffer from chronic pain, sports injuries and challenges with mobility; these can all be greatly improved with the help of physiotherapy.
3. Physiotherapy courses are highly practical: At Coventry University, we encourage practical learning. In Years 2 and 3 of their undergraduate degree, students have the opportunity to go out on clinical placements and apply their classroom learning in a real-life environment. To fully prepare students for all aspects of physiotherapy, placements are aligned to each of the three core themes of teaching: cardiorespiratory, neurological, and neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.
4. Graduate Prospects: Physiotherapy graduates from Coventry usually go on to secure employment in the following areas: Physiotherapy, Sports and Exercise Science, Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation or academic research. 97% of Coventry University graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of completing their degree (DLHE Survey 2016/2017), meaning that our degrees are focused with employability in mind.
5. Physiotherapy is a good way to pursue a passion for sport: Careers in sport are notoriously hard to come by, but by studying a degree in physiotherapy students give themselves a decent chance of being employed in this area. Professional sports teams need physiotherapists and they are highly paid at professional level clubs.
“The way the course is structured teaches us to clinically reason and make decisions on our own treatments when on placement, which is an incredibly important skill to have when moving forward into our physiotherapy careers.” Debbie Woulds, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
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