I have been a physical therapist for 6 years in Australia. Australian physical therapy is very difficult to enter university. For example, the TER score (score after completing high school diploma) was 93 in 2000. It was the third highest score for applying through college. The more difficult it is to apply now, the higher your job, your honor, your income and your satisfaction. Do you think so? Wrong!
As a career choice, I would like to say that a physical therapist or physical therapist is not what you think. I have come to think of it in the process of expecting high income and high levels of satisfaction, but from my experience and others it is completely wrong. I have a friend who has been practicing physical therapy for more than five years and I changed my course because I thought that I could not get anything with physical therapy. I have heard from one of the board members of the Physical Therapist Association that there is no physical therapist working full time in private practice over the age of 45. So many physiotherapists seem to be unhappy with their profession.
Why is that? Are many physical therapists not satisfied with their profession? I can give three good reasons.
It is first income. Our income averages around $ 60-70k, but if you work for someone or work in the public sector, the top limit for a physical therapist is around $ 100-110k (in rare cases). Now you can make more than $ 100,000 more in the private sector (working in your field of practice). But setting up and working in the private sector is expensive and very expensive. You have to pay rent, equipment, labor, and much more. So in the end, you will not make much because of all the costs.
Second, the level of satisfaction. You may think that helping people will be happier. But there are many who do not get better. Also, what you do in physical therapy is very monotonous to do assessment, electrotherapy, exercise or working hands (I call it basically a massage). Most people who work as physical therapists can have a hand, wrist or back pain. This is because most of the time you have to take repetitive movements or awkward postures. For example, bending down to treat a patient in bed
The third is safety. If you take additional training courses or receive a master's degree in physical therapy, you may not be able to secure additional income or status. Experienced physical therapists and inexperienced physical therapists do not differentiate in terms of wages. In addition, the future of physical therapy as a career is overtaken by other health professionals such as chiropractors and nurses.
This occurs because of the inability of the physical therapy committee and its status in government and public opinion to be negligible. The physiotherapy association seems to have lost its status as a health professional because there is no lobbyist in the government or insurance industry. For example, insurance cuts physical therapist fees and services (such as the UK's HBA) when it thinks the physical therapist is not important. In the long run, physical therapy as a job will be closed down by other health professionals.
So is physical therapy a good career choice or a bad career choice? I say it is definitely not a good job choice. But this is my opinion. If you want to hear other people's opinions, contact a physical therapist or someone who works at your workplace.