Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment (NOC 3144)

About this job

This group includes specialized therapists not elsewhere classified who use techniques such as art, athletic, dance, music or recreational therapy or remedial gymnastics to aid in the treatment of mental and physical disabilities.

People in this occupation:

  • work in establishments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, clinics, recreational centres, nursing homes, educational institutions, prisons and day-care facilities
  • may work in private practice
Common job titles
  • biokineticist
  • CAT (certified athletic therapist)
  • DTR (registered dance therapist)
  • supervisor, therapists (art, dance, etc.)
  • therapist, athletic
  • therapist, exercise
  • biokineticist
  • CAT (certified athletic therapist)
  • DTR (registered dance therapist)
  • gymnast, remedial / teacher
  • human kineticist
  • kinanthropologist

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$51,327

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Therapists and other professionals in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • assess patients and review reports from physicians, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and others to decide patients' present and future functioning level
  • prepare individual and group treatment plans either independently or through a mixed team approach
  • Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
  • set up a treatment plan by carrying out specialized therapy sessions using techniques such as art, athletic, dance, drama, music or recreational therapy or remedial gymnastics
  • watch and analyze patients during treatment sessions
  • record findings, write progress reports and consult with other health-care professionals to evaluate treatment plan
  • May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
  • may conduct research in their specialty

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in a conventional indoor environment.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Kinesiologists usually require a master's degree in kinesiology or human kinetics.
  • Certification for kinesiologists is available through the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.
  • Sport therapists require a bachelor's degree in sport therapy, or a degree in health sciences with a specialization in sports injury management. • Art therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in art therapy.
  • Music therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in music therapy.
  • Dance therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology, and usually require a master's degree in art, drama or movement therapy.
  • Recreational therapists usually require a bachelor's degree in recreation with a specialization in therapeutic recreation.
  • Supervised practical training is usually required for occupations in this unit group.
  • Creative or technical ability in the field of specialization is usually required.
  • Certification or membership with the appropriate national professional association or provincial counterpart may be required.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Clerical Ability
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education/Sport
  • Music Related
  • Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services
  • Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,120
Average annual employment growth:
2.1%
Expected number of job openings:
500
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
140
Average annual employment growth:
2.0%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
180
Average annual employment growth:
2.8%
Expected number of job openings:
110

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is no movement between the different occupations in this group.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.