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Massage Therapist
“remove stress for success”
Massage therapy is being used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health.
The Job
Clients may seek massage for medical benefit or for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of massage treatment available to meet these distinct needs. Massage therapy that aims to improve physical health typically differs in duration and technique from massage that is intended to simply relax or rejuvenate clients.
Work Environment
Massage therapists work in an array of settings both private and public: private offices, studios, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, airports, and shopping malls,
College Majors
Minimum Qualifications
Most of the boards governing massage therapy in these States require practicing massage therapists to complete a formal education program and pass a national certification examination or a State exam.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Both strong communication skills and a friendly, empathetic personality are extremely helpful qualities for fostering a trusting relationship with clients and in turn, expanding one's client base.
Quick Facts
  • Employment is expected to grow faster than average over the 2006-16 period as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.
  • Many States require formal training and national certification in order to practice massage therapy.
  • This occupation includes a large percentage of part-time and self-employed workers.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of massage therapists, including gratuities, were $16.78 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.36 and $25.14. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.01, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.47.
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