|Quick Facts: Massage Therapists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$35,970 per year
$17.29 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||132,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||23% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||30,000|
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, spas, hospitals, and fitness centers. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.
Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program of 500 or more hours of study and experience, although standards and requirements vary by state or other locality. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification.
The median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,970 in May 2012.
Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.
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