Massage Therapist Careers

Career Overview

Massage therapists utilize over 80 kinds of massages called modalities. They specialize in several of these modalities and techniques. Massage is used to assist clients relax and improve flexibility and muscle tone in certain areas of the body. A large portion of massage therapists are self-employed and work part-time. They work in spas, gyms, medical offices, chiropractic clinics, and in individual clients’ homes and businesses. Some are also employed by massage clinics.
Careers for massage therapists

Education Requirements

Vocational Training

Massage therapists generally complete a training program through a private school or vocational training college that consists of at least 500 hours of classroom and practice time.


Almost every state has licensing requirements for massage therapists. Most states require massage therapists to pass a state administered test and require therapists to be at least 18 years of age.

Top Schools for Massage Therapists:

Ashworth College
Stratford Career Institute
U.S. Career Institute
Everest University
Kaplan University

Career Trends

Average hourly wages for massage therapists in 2008: $16.78
Jobs in 2008 for massage therapists: 122,400
Projected employment openings for massage therapists through 2018: 145,600

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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