Therapy professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Job holders in this unit group plan and apply physical and therapeutic treatments and activities to assist recovery from physical and mental illness and to minimise the effects of disabilities not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 222: Therapy professionals.


Entrants usually possess an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification. Training can take between two to five years depending upon the chosen method of study. Courses provide a mixture of theoretical study and practical experience. Membership of professional bodies may be mandatory in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • prescribes diet therapy and gives advice to patients, health care professionals and the public on dietetic and nutritional matters for those with special dietary requirements or to prevent illness amongst the general population;
  • diagnoses and treats disorders of vision and eye movements, monitors subsequent progress and recommends further optical, pharmacological or surgical treatment as required;
  • manipulates and massages patient to discover the cause of pain, relieve discomfort, restore function and mobility and to correct irregularities in body structure;
  • adopts a holistic approach in assessing the overall health of the patient, and treats by inserting needles under the skin at particular locations according to the disorder being treated;
  • administers aromatic herbs and oils and massage to relieve pain and restore health;
  • assesses and provides treatment for people with mental disabilities, or those suffering with mental illness, stress, and emotional and relationship problems;
  • diagnoses and treats behavioural problems in animals.

Common job titles

Therapist, artistic
Behaviourist, animal
Gymnast, remedial
Practitioner, wellbeing, psychological
Therapist, children's
Hydrotherapist, colon
Psychotherapist, child
Herbalist, medical
Therapist, child
Therapist, movement
Therapist, art
Counsellor, practice (medical practice)
Psychotherapist, children's
Therapist, psychological
Psychotherapist, analytical
Psychotherapist, art
Therapist, family
Therapist, movement, dance
Psychologist, pet
Psychotherapist, counsellor
Counsellor, behaviour, pet
Therapist, remedial
Therapist, music
Therapist, drama
Therapist, play
Therapist, behavioural, cognitive

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.