Movement Specialists

Physiotherapists (PTs) are sometimes known as "movement specialists" – they work with people who have pain, illness or injuries that affect physical function and mobility.

They help patients restore or maintain movement, prevent and manage pain, and promote fitness, health and wellness.

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$38.90 - $57.63 per hour

Other benefits


Physiotherapy degree


  • Assess, diagnose, treat, monitor and educate patients to improve and maintain their physical health
  • Develop, implement and monitor customized care plans based on patient needs
  • Recommend and demonstrate appropriate therapeutic exercise for their patients
  • Use a variety of manual therapies, equipment, and treatment techniques in the course of their work

Make a Difference

  • Help patients restore or maintain movement, prevent and manage pain and promote fitness, health and wellness
  • Help clients stay well, avoid future injury and achieve a high quality of life
  • Advocate for and support the patient in making changes within the workplace or other settings to promote the patient's activity and healing

Work Collaboratively

  • Work directly with patients
  • Collaborate with other rehabilitative staff, therapy assistants, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals
  • May provide leadership and clinical supervision to physiotherapist assistants and aides and students
  • Work in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health centres, schools, continuing care facilities, clinics and within clients' homes

Grow Your Career

  • Teaching, coaching, or mentoring other physiotherapists
  • Additional training/education to specialize in a particular patient group, injury, or illness (e.g. Pediatric, Geriatric, Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Oncology, or Neurology)
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Health system administration

Additional Information

To learn more about a career as a physiotherapist in our province visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).