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Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists
Quick Facts : Massage Therapists*
2010 Median Pay$34,900
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012153,700
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change30,900

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities.

What Massage Therapists Do

  • Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
  • Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
  • Provide clients with guidance on how to improve posture, stretching, strengthening, and overall relaxation

Work Environment

Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, spas, hospitals, fitness centers, and shopping malls. Some massage therapists also travel to clients' homes or offices to provide a massage.
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Job Outlook

Employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.
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The average salary of massage therapists was $34,900 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Massage Therapists

Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program that can require 500 hours or more of study and experience, although standards and requirements vary greatly by state and locality. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certificate.
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