Physiotherapist, the people who do physiotherapy have deep knowledge on how the body works and have specialized hands to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of injury, illness and disability. Physiotherapy includes prevention of injury, promotion of health and fitness and rehabilitation.

Job opportunities

Physiotherapists are required in each department of a hospital, be it ICU or geriatrics and they can also choose to work independently or be part of a multidisciplinary team. You can enjoy flexible working hours as a consultant, choosing the number of hours you work everyday.

“You are trained in maneuvers and techniques to aid in helping patients. Physical stature does not decide your success, your skills do”.

Salary talk
Some hospitals choose to pay physiotherapists according to the number of patients he or she sees. Initial remuneration of physiotherapists varies from place to place. In India, the starting salary ranges from Rs. 5,000 to Rs.30,000 per month. Generally, private hospitals provide remuneration ranging between Rs. 5,000 to Rs.15,000 per month for a fresher.

In a government hospital like AIIMS, you begin as a Junior Physiotherapist and earn approximately Rs. 30,000 per month. The progression in designations is Physiotherapist followed by Senior Physiotherapist earning about Rs. 45,000 per month, followed by Superintendent earning about Rs.60,000-70,000 per month and then Chief Physiotherapist earning about Rs.80,000 per month. Jobs in a government hospital are difficult to get so you might have to explore other options before you land up here.

The average salary for teaching jobs in Physiotherapy varies from Rs. 10,000 to Rs.40,000 per month. The remuneration for established private practitioners can be nearly Rs. 20,000 to Rs.40,000 per month. Most physiotherapists with experience start their own private practice. They charge usually around Rs. 250 to 400 per sitting. Remuneration for Physiotherapists in countries such as the US, Canada, UAE and Australia varies from Rs. 50,000 to Rs.200,000 per month (since living expenses are higher evaluate that against this salary).

The complete picture
Being a physiotherapist can be a very rewarding profession, but you will have your share of frustrations as well. Sometimes your treatment plan will show the desired results. Other times you will not even come close. But gratitude from patients and their families will always follow you. “New rehabilitation and robotic techniques keep getting developed, one cannot predict what is in store in the future”. So always be willing to learn and be prepared. The field is just opening up and there is tremendous scope.