Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Physiotherapists may work in settings such as:
- child development centres
- community health centres
- fitness centres, health clubs or spas
- government and health planning agencies
- home care
- continuing care facilities
- hospitals and rehabilitation centres
- physiotherapy clinics and multidisciplinary clinics (for example, pain clinics)
- sport and recreation facilities.
Physiotherapists may advance to supervisory or management positions in large organizations, or move into teaching and research positions.
In Alberta, 93% of people employed as physiotherapists work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 4,300 Albertans are employed in the Physiotherapists occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 168 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.