1. Massage Therapist
$37,180 AVG. SALARY
3.9% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to relieve tension in body and facilitate healing and pain reduction. They use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissues of the body.With their touch, therapists help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour. Massage therapists work in a range of settings, such as spas, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers. Some therapists will also travel to meet clients’ at their homes or offices.
Tasks performed by a massage therapist include:
- Talk with clients about their symptoms, medical history, and desired results
- Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
- Manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body
- Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
- Document clients’ conditions and progress
Facts About Massage Therapy
- There are more than 300 accredited massage therapy schools and programs in the United States.
- In July 2015, 19 percent of women and 16 percent of men reported having a massage in the past twelve months.
- According to the AMTA 2015 consumer survey, an average of 18 percent of adult Americans received at least one massage between July 2014 and July 2015, and an average of 27 percent of adult Americans received a massage in the previous five years.
- Massage therapists have an average of 671 hours of initial training.
- The median age of massage therapists is 45 years old. Twenty-one percent were younger than 35 in 2015.
- Eighty-two percent of massage therapists started practicing massage therapy as a second career.
For those wondering how to get a masseuse license, the massage therapist education typically consists of a postsecondary education program of 500 to 1000+ hours of study and experience. Upon graduation, a prospective masseuse must meet the state requirements or that of the municipality (such as obtaining a license or other credential, if you practice in an area where massage therapy is regulated). This will most likely require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Standards and requirements vary by state or other jurisdictions but most states require massage therapists to have a license or certification.
Massage therapists may also need to have liability insurance, pass a background check, , and become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Many states require massage therapists to complete additional education credits and to renew their license periodically. Those wishing to practice massage therapy should look into legal requirements for the state and locality in which they intend to practice.
- National Holistic Institute
- National Massage Therapy Institute
- David’s Academy of Beauty
- Utah College of Massage Therapy-Vegas
- Praxis Institute
TOP 5 BEST PAYING STATES FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Alaska – Avg. salary $84,150
New York – Avg. salary $62,980
Washington – Avg. salary $53,780
Vermont – Avg. salary $52,910
Oregon – Avg. salary $52,630