Massage Therapy Careers

A massage therapy degree is perfect for those who would like to help others ease pain from injury or aliment, assist in stress-management and have an interest in holistic medicine. 64% of massage therapists are self-employed and many others perform it as a secondary source of income. Accreditation and licensing requirements vary by State, therefore there are a wide variety of certification programs. Approximately 1,500 accredited massage therapy post-secondary schools, college programs and training programs exist throughout the country.

Employment Opportunities

Massage therapists may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Their own business
  • Hotels & resorts
  • Fitness centers
  • Physician, physical therapist or chiropractor’s offices


Massage therapists need a wide range of traits, including:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Physically and emotionally sensitive towards others
  • Relaxed & easygoing
  • Knowledgeable in holistic medicine, kinesiology and physiology
  • Independence

Industry Spotlight

As more people continue to learn about the benefits of massage therapy the need for massage therapists will increase. Additionally, with the large amount of massage therapists entering the industry part-time, economic analysts predict it will have grown by an astounding 20% by 2016. Many in massage therapy branch out into other forms of holistic medicine as well.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008