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    Hi, im wondering if physiotherapy is the right career for me. I know I sound dumb but Im really interested in physiology, circulation anything biology really. I want a career in healthcare that involves diagnosing, helping people and is well paid, I thought about radiography but im worried about the dangers of being exposed to radiation despite shields etc:rolleyes: Physiotherapy seems to reqiure too much patience and is not so much about diagnosing. I don't know What should I aim for lol? I also thought about occupational therapy but that lacks the physiology that im interested in. How do people decide on careers?
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    Have you thought about being a doctor as that is the only career which involves diagnosing. All the other careers come into play after the diagnosis.
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    You should try and gain some work experience in the careers you mention then it will be easier for you to decide.
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    (Original post by jinglepupskye)
    Have you thought about being a doctor as that is the only career which involves diagnosing. All the other careers come into play after the diagnosis.
    Im no way smart enough, well I don't have the qualifications anyway but yeh Id love to be one
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    (Original post by hellokitty)
    You should try and gain some work experience in the careers you mention then it will be easier for you to decide.
    I know Im trying to do that but Ive been looking for physio experience for about half a year everywhere I ask they either don't accept students or they are full.
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    (Original post by goodLife)
    Hi, im wondering if physiotherapy is the right career for me. I know I sound dumb but Im really interested in physiology, circulation anything biology really. I want a career in healthcare that involves diagnosing, helping people and is well paid, I thought about radiography but im worried about the dangers of being exposed to radiation despite shields etc:rolleyes: Physiotherapy seems to reqiure too much patience and is not so much about diagnosing. I don't know What should I aim for lol? I also thought about occupational therapy but that lacks the physiology that im interested in. How do people decide on careers?
    Being interested in physiology, circulation and general biology is definately a big thumbs up to physio. 1st year is allot of anatomy and it's the foundation to pretty much everything you do so if you enjoy that kind of stuff you should enjoy physio.

    Physio definately involves helping people and you can do a degree of diagnosing people especially in outpatients though admittedly allot of patients you see often have a diagnosis. Physio's tend to work out what the patients main problems are, what's most important to treat first and how to treat it-still allot of thinking which some people don't realise.

    I chose physio because I wanted to do something to help people and have always been interested in how the body works. I didn't want to be a doctor (too squeamish and wanted a closer relationship to patients), nursing wasn't for me (again squeamish with blood and needles). I looked into dietetics, podiatry etc but they didn't really interest me so I backed my gut feeling that physio was for me-2 years into my degree and I'm glad I did.

    I also found it hard to get work experience, keep trying and see if you can gain some other health related experience which will help your application. Another good way to see if it's definately for you is to ask people already doing the course any questions (no matter how silly you feel they might be). Feel free to PM me with any questions or visit the physio thread and ask on there for info.
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    (Original post by goodLife)
    Im no way smart enough, well I don't have the qualifications anyway but yeh Id love to be one
    I have to say, the grades needed to get onto a physio degree are nearly as tough as it is to get onto medicine. If Physio is what you want then go for it but you'll need V good grades and most places ask for work experience too. Good luck with it though.
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    (Original post by jinglepupskye)
    Have you thought about being a doctor as that is the only career which involves diagnosing. All the other careers come into play after the diagnosis.
    Not true. Orthoptics involves the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of eye-related disorders including nerve palsies, squint and amblyopia. It ain't 'well-paid' as such, but you'd be on the same payment band as all the OTs and physios so it's all kinda relative really. You get to deal with a big variety of patients - old, young and middle-aged - and there's a big shortage of Orthoptists so you'll get employed pretty quickly. It is highly specialised, but there's a lot of diversity within the specialisation - you might be doing a paediatric clinic one day, low vision aids the next and stroke rehab the day after.

    There's also a helluva lot of anatomy and physiology involved, but despite that the entry requirements aren't as stiff as for things like OT and Physio. Work experience is also much easier to get hold of. I'd recommend doing work experience in a number of different areas before selecting your final choice anyhow, you've still got plenty of time ^^;

    PM me if you want more information about the Orthoptics BSc, or check out the link in my signature. LOL, I'm the lone voice amongst a sea of physios, radios and OTs XD

    Oh, I should also add so I don't seem completely biased... Speech & Language Therapy and Audiology are also health degrees in which you're involved in both diagnosis and management of their associated conditions and disorders, and again involve a lot of anatomy and physiology ^^;
 
 
 
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