Have you ever pulled a muscle and wished it could heal faster? Well that’s what a Physiotherapist is for, and in 10 years time that’s what I want to be!
Physiotherapy requires NCEA 3 to enter tertiary training. To go up in NCEA levels you need credits, credits can be obtained by completing courses. some of the helpful subjects to complete are English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There are two ways to qualify to become a Physiotherapist, one is to get a diploma in Physiotherapy and the other is a bachelor in Physiotherapy. A diploma in Physiotherapy can be obtained in Acupuncture, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy or Sports Physiotherapy. A bachelor of Physiotherapy can be obtained by completing a four year degree by first completing a health science course for one year then in years 2-4 are taken at the school of Physiotherapy.
Volunteer work is a crucial part of becoming a physio.Volunteer work is what gets you info to put on your C.V. when applying for a job. Some volunteer work opportunities are Vet, Community Service and sports team. Sports team would be the best because it will be good experience.
New Zealand Physiotherapists don’t earn a lot of money. A New Zealand Physiotherapist in their first 6 years earn between $46,000 and $69,000 a year, but, if you have been a physio for over 6 years you can earn up to $95,000.
There are three types of Physiotherapists opportunities, a self-owned business, work for someone else, or work for a sports team, all three of them have their own benefits. Self-owned businesses earn more money. Working for someone else means you don’t need to worry about paying government taxes. And a sports team means you get to travel!
Physiotherapy is a cool job because no matter where you are all bodies work the same meaning traveling does not affect your work.