NOC 3144 – Other professional occupations in therapy


  • analyst, movement – medical
  • art therapist
  • art therapists’ supervisor
  • art therapy consultant
  • art therapy teacher (except education)
  • athletic therapist
  • athletic trainer – therapy
  • biokineticist
  • CAT (certified athletic therapist)
  • certified athletic therapist (CAT)
  • certified kinesiologist
  • consultant, art therapy
  • dance therapist
  • dance therapists’ supervisor
  • dance therapy researcher
  • dance-movement therapist
  • dance-movement therapy researcher
  • drama therapist
  • drama therapists’ supervisor
  • DTR (registered dance therapist)
  • exercise physiologist
  • exercise therapist
  • human kineticist
  • kinanthropologist
  • kinesiologist
  • movement analyst – medical
  • movement therapist
  • music therapist
  • music therapists’ supervisor
  • music therapy researcher
  • recreational therapist
  • registered dance therapist (DTR)
  • registered kinesiologist
  • remedial gymnast
  • remedial gymnastics teacher (except education)
  • remedial gymnasts’ supervisor
  • remedial therapist
  • researcher, dance therapy
  • researcher, dance-movement therapy
  • researcher, music therapy
  • spontaneous art teacher – therapy
  • supervisor, art therapists
  • supervisor, dance therapists
  • supervisor, drama therapists
  • supervisor, music therapists
  • supervisor, remedial gymnasts
  • therapeutic recreationist
  • therapist, art
  • therapist, dance
  • therapist, dance-movement
  • therapist, drama
  • therapist, movement
  • therapist, music

Job Duties

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

  • Assess patients and review reports from physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and other professionals to determine patients’ current and potential functioning level
  • Prepare individualized and group treatment plans either independently or through a multidisciplinary team approach, based on health concerns and on recommendations from physicians or other health professionals
  • Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
  • Implement treatment plans by carrying out specialized therapy sessions employing approaches and techniques such as art, drama and music therapy or dance, recreational, sports or other movement therapy
  • Observe, record observations and analyze patients during treatment sessions, write progress reports on patient outcomes and consult with other health professionals to evaluate treatment plans
  • May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
  • May conduct research in respective field of specialization.

Employment Requirements

  • Kinesiologists usually require a master’s degree in kinesiology or human kinetics.
  • Certification for kinesiologists is available through the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.
  • Athletic 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.

Additional Information

  • There is no mobility between the different occupations in this unit group.


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