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OaSIS code 31202.00

Physiotherapists assess clients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in clients.


Also known as

  • Physical therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Registered physiotherapist
  • Research physiotherapist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess clients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests and make a physiotherapy diagnosis
  • Establish treatment goals with patients based on diagnoses
  • Develop and implement physiotherapy treatment plans including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and other modalities
  • Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly
  • Provide advice on exercise and strategies to implement at home to enhance and or maintain treatment
  • Communicate with referring physician and other health care professionals regarding clients' problems, needs and progress
  • Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals
  • Develop and implement health promotion programs for clients, staff and the community
  • May conduct research in physiotherapy
  • Provide consulting or education services as required.

Additional information

  • Progression to management positions, such as director of physiotherapy, is possible through experience and additional training.
  • 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.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Physical rehabilitation therapist (in 32109.04 Physical Rehabilitation therapists)
  • Physiotherapy assistant (in 32109.05 Physiotherapy assistants and occupational therapy assistants)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Sub-major group

312 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Minor group

3120 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Unit group

31202 – Physiotherapists

Occupational profile

31202.00 – Physiotherapists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
4 - High Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
4 - High Level
Making Decisions
4 - High Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

2 - Less than half the time
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
4 - Every day, a few times per day


  • Clinics
  • Extended care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Industries
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Sports organizations

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Problem Identification
4 - High Level
Verbal Ability
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
Social Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important