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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Busy Environment

Physical Therapist

A physiotherapist helps to improve a patient’s physical condition and have a wide knowledge base of movement, posture, balance and diseases and injuries. 

Physiotherapists will assess and treat patients by using their knowledge gained from many years of study and practical experience.  Assesses, treats and prevents disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease. 

There are additional courses that physiotherapists can specialise in depending on your field of interest including hydrotherapy. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC / NC(V)  Entrance requirements may differ for the various educational institutions. 
  2. Bachelor of Physiotherapy 
  3. 12 months of community service 

In addition to the training for physiotherapy, hydrotherapy requires the completion of courses on aquatic therapy techniques

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NSC/NC(V) 
  • Recommended subjects:
  • Maths
  • Physical Science and/or Biology

Duration of study

4 Years


Physiotherapists can be employed in hospitals and clinics as well as go into private practise. 

Further Information

South African Society of Physiotherapy

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