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Career in Physiotherapy

Scope of Physiotherapy: Careers Opportunities and Responsibilities

If you are interested in preventing and curing physical dysfunctions in patients, then career in physiotherapy is the right choice for you. Physiotherapy is defined as the system of medicine that includes examination, diagnosis, treatment, advice, and instruction to any person preparatory in connection with movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, physical disorder, disability, healing & pain from trauma & disease, physical & mental conditions using physical agents including exercise, mobilization, manipulation, mechanical and electrotherapy devices.” No doubt that the rise of industrialization and mechanization has resulted in the increase in demand and scope of physiotherapy in India and abroad.

A Physiotherapist (also known as a Physical Therapist) is a very important member of the healthcare team where his responsibility is to rehabilitate patients back to normal without medicines by the use of exercise, manual therapy, rehabilitation techniques and physical activity. A physical therapist’s job involves helping patients to recover and/or rehabilitate from a state of having been incapacitated from neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, sports, geriatrics, oncology impairments among others. He/she has the responsibility to help restore the patient’s body to its optimal functioning level. They are also key health professionals in the prevention of injuries including on-field sports injuries, and treat the reactions and responses of the body to injury, disease or abnormalities in development.





Role and Responsibility of a Physiotherapist in the Health Sector Include:

Physiotherapy is a very promising, rewarding and a satisfactory profession as paramedical science has a larger role & responsibility in a hospital scenario. After clearing the licensing examination of a given country, it opens up wide opportunities for the physiotherapists in the health industry.

  • Prescribing remedial exercises
  • Muscle strength evaluation & quantification
  • Physical treatment by electrotherapy modalities like diathermy, ultrasonic therapy, contrast bath, cryotherapy, hydrocollator, whirlpool therapy, trans-electric muscle stimulation, infra-red therapy, ultraviolet therapy etc and also different therapeutic exercises by automated machines.
  • Evaluating balance in neurologically affected patients.
  • Apply manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation of soft tissue techniques etc.
  • Wheelchair and gait training with or without ambulatory aids.
  • Aid in-home evaluation to make the environment barrier-free and accessible.
  • Improving the status of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

Career Options in Physiotherapy

  • Consultant Physiotherapist in Multi-specialty Hospitals, Health Care Centers, NGOs
  • Corporate Physiotherapist in MNCs
  • Health Care Physiotherapy Instructor in Modern Gymnasiums
  • Ergonomic Care Advisor
  • Physiotherapist in Special Schools for Physically Challenged Children
  • Physiotherapist in Old Age Residential Homes
  • Sports Physiotherapists along with Sports Associations, Sports Team, individually hired physiotherapists by elite athletes
  • Entrepreneurs in Rehabilitation Centers/ Organizations
  • Private Practitioners running Private Physiotherapy Practice
  • Lecturer
  • Clinical Researcher

Diploma in Physiotherapy: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course

Course Level



2 Years

Examination Type

Semester System/ Year wise


10+2 with minimum 50% marks in aggregate with Science subjects

Admission Process

Merit-based/ based on performance in entrance test

Course Fee

INR 10,000 to 5 Lacs

Average Starting Salary

INR 3 to 20 lacs per annum

Top Recruiting Companies

Fortis Healthcare, MAX Healthcare, Care Hospitals, Indian Council of Medical Research, Apollo Hospitals, Kailash Hospital, Adecco India Private Limited, Jaypee healthcare limited, Meditrina Hospitals Private Limited, Help Age India Medybiz Pvt. Ltd., Hosmat Hospital, Talwalkars Pantaloon Fitness Pvt. Ltd., Intellectual Resource Training Private Limited, etc.

Top Recruiting Areas

Orthopedic Departments, Private & Government Sectors, Health Institutions, Rehabilitation Centers, Defense Medical Organizations, Colleges & Universities, Pharma Industry, and such.

Job Positions

Lecturer, Researcher, Professor, Therapy Manager, Research Assistant, Customer Care Assistant, Assistant Physiotherapist, Sports Physio Rehabilitator, Self Employed Private Physiotherapist, among others.


    • Pediatrics Physiotherapy
    • Obstetrics Physiotherapy
    • Sports Physiotherapy
    • Neurology Physiotherapy
    • Orthopedic Physiotherapy
    • Geriatrics Physiotherapy
    • Post Operative Physiotherapy
    • Cardiovascular Physiotherapy

Diploma in Physiotherapy [DPT]: What is it About?

DPT (Diploma in Physiotherapy) course teaches professionals to maximize performance of human movement, enable clients to achieve optimal independence in physical movement and function, implement evidence-based techniques to manage disorders of the human body for people of all age groups, provide treatment, preventive advice, and care, rehabilitate those with physical and psychological impairment and maximize clients' functional abilities for healthy lifestyles.

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is the medical technique of healing which involves physical prescription and restoration, physical movement, force and activities to redress hindrances or distortions in normal bodily movement and physical rehabilitation to normalcy through back rubs and physical exercise and movements.

Students enrolled in the course are taught to provide high-quality holistic care to clients, treat patients with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injuries, disabilities or aging, work in a range of settings including hospitals, health centers, private practices and sports clubs, develop relevant technical skills, develop good communication and interpersonal skills and stay updated with developments in the field from time to time.

Diploma in Physiotherapy [DPT]: Eligibility Critria

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • Successful qualification of class XII from a recognized educational Board.
  • Preferably, Science subjects as the main subjects of study at the 10+2 level, and a minimum aggregate score of 45% (40% for SC/ST/OBC candidates).

Diploma in Physiotherapy [DPT]: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate's performance at the 10+2 level.


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