- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- sensitivity and understanding
- to enjoy working with other people
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of psychology
- to be flexible and open to change
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Examples of day-to-day tasks, you could do:
- help patients with spine and joint problems
- help patients recover from accidents, sports injuries and strokes
- work with children who have mental or physical disabilities
- help older people with physical problems become more mobile
You could work at a hospice, at a client's home, at a GP practice, at an adult care home, in an NHS or private hospital or at a fitness centre.
With experience you could become self-employed and set up your own practice.
In the NHS, you could progress to senior physiotherapist or move into health service management. You could also specialise in an area like orthopaedics, sports therapy, occupational health, or working with older people or children.
You could also move into research or teaching.