From what I understand, a physiotherapist is what is called a physical therapist in the United States. That generally entails more formal education. Here in the US, the push is to have all physical therapist attain a doctorate degree.
I have considered returning to college for the doctorate, but it hasn’t been necessary yet. I still can do all the things that I want under my cert and specialties. And as much as I love to learn, after having done eight years of college, the cost doesn’t balance well with my needs.
Good answers. Karin’s advice to investigate your exposure if you someday find yourself functioning as a personal trainer but actually “working” as a physical therapist is definitely sound advice. I do think that your years of experience as a personal trainer will prove invaluable in your practice of physical therapy.
In my opinion the two combined professions will make you a well-rounded professional. Fitness, wellness and health are a continuum, and combining the concentration on rehabilitative care of physical therapy with the preventive bent of personal training and you should not only be very marketable, but also able to address the needs of a wide-variety of clients.