Massage Therapist

By: Laken Kroge

Description of Profession

Treat clients by manipulating the soft tissues to relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress and relax the body.


What Massage Therapists Do: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-2

Certifications Necessary

To be a massage therapist, you must pass one of these test after the completion of degree:


  • Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam
  • State Test
  • National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

* Licensing is determined on a state-by-state level



How to Become a Massage Therapist : http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-4

Daily Activities

  • Talk to client about medical history, symptoms, and desired outcome
  • Evaluate and locate tense and painful areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles and soft tissues of the body
  • Provide clients with guidance on stretching, straightening and overall relaxation
  • Document clients conditions and progress


What Massage Therapists Do: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-2

Education Requirements

Education requirements can vary by state. Most state require:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Massage Therapy Program ( contains both hands-on and study work)



How to Become a Massage Therapist: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-4

Payday

  • The median pay is around $35,970 (some earn more than others based on experience)
  • Lowest 10% make around $18,420
  • Top 10% can make around $70,140
  • Most can earn a combination of wages and tips


Pay: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-5

Necessary Skills

  • Communication skills : need to be able to listen to the clients
  • Decision-making skills: must be able to make a decision on the course of treatment for each client's needs
  • Empathy: need to be able to build a trust with their clients so that they feel comfortable (an important part of expanding their client base)
  • Physical Stamina: need to be able to be on their feet and withstand treating multiple clients in a workday
  • Physical strength and dexterity: need to be strong in order to properly manipulate a clients muscles with their hands and arms



How to Become a Massage Therapist: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-4

Where Do They Work

  • Typically only work part-time
  • Private offices
  • Spas
  • Hospitals
  • Fitness centers
  • Client's homes



Work Environment: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-3

Job Outlook

Job outlook : projected to grow about 23% which is faster than most other occupations



Job Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-6

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