Biokinetics Salary In South Africa (2024)

Every day it looks more and more certain that people in specialized professional industries that are not common receive the highest salaries, and are more financially stable than others. One of those specialized professions is Biokinetics. 

But most people will find the name weird, considering that they are attracted to it only because of the chance of getting paid a very good salary. The next logical question now is ‘what is Biokinetics?’ 

Biokinetics is derived from two Latin words ‘bios’ and ‘kinesis.’ Respectively, they mean ‘life’ and ‘movement.’ Biokinesis, therefore, is the field of enhancing or promoting physical movement. Biokinetics is a brand of medicine, and professionals in this field are regulated by the regulators of the medical industry. 

Biokinetics Salary In South Africa

Biokinetics Average Salary is R295,554

How much do Biokineticists Earn in South Africa?

What Biokineticists make on average as an annual salary in South Africa is R295,554, but many Biokinetics earn well above that figure. Some have earned such renown and reputation for being excellent at their jobs that they naturally have had to charge high figures, and yet due to the demand for their services, particularly from the upper class of society, they have become very wealthy individuals indeed.

Is There A Demand For Biokinetics In South Africa?

Asking if there is demand for the service of Biokinetics, what I found out is that with time and experience, Biokinetics can be a very financially viable field of work. On average, you can expect to make anything in the region of R295,554, but that is just for the start. You can make 2 or 3 times that figure as a Biokeneticist.

Is Biokinetics A Good Career?

The short answer is ‘because there is a high demand for it.’ To a young person, this may seem like a joke, but when you consider the fact that a large number of people these days rarely move, especially those who work white-collar jobs, and so live more or less sedentary lifestyles, you can start to understand.

This kind of lifestyle can only have one result; the deterioration of the human body because the joints start to weaken after some time without any movement. This brings about illness, pain, and a poor quality of life. In fact, many people suffer chronic sicknesses and die prematurely.


Who is a Biokineticist?

Biokineticists are medical personnel. They are specialists in physical exercise that help to improve the physical condition of individuals; the physical condition being the movement of their limbs, or their ability to move their limbs, which is an essential aspect of a person’s quality of life. They do this by physical assessment, prescribing, and supervising helpful exercise routines.

Many Biokinetics specialize in preventative therapy, while others specialize in the final stage of rehabilitation of the human body. 

So What Exactly Does the Job Involve?

Checking the medical history of Patients or Clients.

Keeping tabs on the heart rate, blood pressure, and checking for any impending medical conditions, including the risk of coronary heart disease.

Assessing body composition, body mass index, and so on, to help determine whether a person should go on a weight loss program. 

Measuring aerobic work capacity, including muscular strength, power, and endurance.

Core stability assessment, including reflexes, body balance, and a person’s ability to protect and stabilize the spine.

Creating an individualized exercise program to tone the muscles of the limbs, and to strengthen the bones of the joints.

Scheduling, and actually carrying out Personal training for individuals, etc.

So that is basically what you will do when you qualify as a Biokeneticist. We expect that you are already excited about the prospects of doing this physically beneficial and sporty work while smiling at the bank with such an attractive paycheck.

The next question now should be ‘how do I become a biokinetics?’

How to Qualify as a Biokineticist 

Well, the simple answer is ‘you receive training at a University.’ There should be no surprise in this: you already know that every occupation needs some kind of training. You have to show yourself proficient in something as simple as auto mechanics, then you certainly need a lot of training in something like Biokinetics, which involves working with people, promoting and ensuring the improvement of health and good quality of life.

If people became biokinetics without training, then they could actually harm people. We don’t want that. This is why you have to first study at a university for four or five years, depending on the institution.

Currently, there are about 12 universities in South Africa where you can study to become a biokinetics. For ease of reading and decision making, these universities are divided into two groups; those that run four-year programs and on other hand, those offering five-year programs in biokinetics.

Universities offering four-year biokinetics programs include:

– University of Johannesburg


 – University of the Free State 


  • Nelson Mandela University 


North-West University 



The Universities offering five-year Biokinetics programs: 

– University of Cape Town 


– University of Stellenbosch

– Wits University 




– Nelson Mandela University 


– North-West University 


– University of KwaZulu Natal 


– University of Zululand 


– University of Pretoria 


Some of the courses that you can expect to study under Biokenetics include the following:   

    Orthopedic rehabilitation

   Clinical exercise physiology


   Practice management


    Research project

Each university has its own specific criteria for enrollment into the biokinetics program. These criteria are usually strict, and the process of selection is usually rigorous because as a program that involves saving lives, universities only want to recruit the best and most suitable candidates.

Opportunities in the field of Biokinetics

Upon completion of your program of study, and receiving the necessary qualifications, the next step is to put into practice what you have learned, and earn the money that attracted you to the job in the first place.

 For your information, there are several places where a Biokeneticist can work. Some of them are listed below.

Private practices

You can start your own practice, or work in an existing one. You can even work in a clinic or hospital where they practice general medicine, thus being their Biokeneticist. 

Elite and professional sport

Elite athletes all work with fitness trainers and Biokeneticist. Football and other kinds of sports clubs also work with Biokeneticists to assists injured sportsmen and women in making recoveries from injuries.


Production companies have medical teams house, to deal with the medical needs of their workforce. As a biokinetics, you can also find a placement among them.

Military bases And Police Services

The Military has a high need for medical personnel. Biokeneticist is highly sought after in the military, to help wounded servicemen recover from injuries sustained during military operations.

Correctional facilities

Biokeneticists can work in correctional facilities to help inmates and correctional workers recover from accidents, and also from injuries arising from the violence that can erupt in correctional facilities.



As you have seen from this post, Biokinetics is a field of study in which you can do something meaningful with your life, and make a lot of money in the process. You have also seen why biokinetics is a high-demand field of work and the potential places in which a Biokineticist can find employment. The rest is up to you. So what are you waiting for? 

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