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Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, 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.
- 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
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Physiotherapists in London Region
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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Physiotherapists) is part of a larger occupational group called Therapy and Assessment Professionals (NOC 314).
|Occupations in this group||
Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (3141)
Occupational Therapists (3143)
Other Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment (3144)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||48,963|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||40|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||61|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation grew slightly while its unemployment rate, one of the lowest for all occupations, remained stable. The average hourly wage for this occupation increased slightly more quickly than the average for all occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Therapy And Assessment Professionals, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 22,218 and 23,870 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that this occupation was facing labour market pressure, it is expected that the number of job seekers will be insufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Unlike the majority of occupations, job openings resulting from expansion demand will be the main source of labour demand. As the Canadian population ages, the demand for health services will increase substantially, thus resulting in increased demand for health professionals in general. Moreover, similar to other health occupations, employment growth for therapy and assessment professionals will be among the strongest of all occupations. Retirements will also represent a significant number of job openings, despite a retirement rate below the average for all occupations. The retirement rate is low because workers in this occupation are generally younger than the average. With regard to labour supply, the largest number of job seekers over the projection period will come from the school system.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||1,345||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||22,218||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||23,870||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Health care and social assistance||100.00|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 20% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The Labour Force Survey also gives us some information about self-employment. This occupation (Physiotherapists) is part of a larger group called Therapy and Assessment Professionals (NOC 314). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 24% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%.
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time and part-time?
The graph displays the proportion of people in this occupation who worked full-time and part-time in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 78% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?
The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 76% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Physiotherapists) is part of a larger group called Therapy and Assessment Professionals (NOC 314). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 61%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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