Massage Therapist

Occupation Information table
Overview: Massage therapists manually manipulate muscular and nervous tissue and stimulate circulation to reduce a patient's convalescent period after surgery. They assist in rehabilitation from injuries or health disorders and use techniques such as hydrotherapy, heat treatments and exercise.
Duties: They manually manipulate a patient's body tissues for the purpose of restoring the functions of muscles and joints, improving circulation and relieving physical fatigue and stress.

Massage therapy includes the use of hydrotherapy (whirlpools), heat and exercise to assist in the rehabilitation process and recovery from sprains, fractures and dislocations.

By improving circulation, they reduce convalescent periods after surgery. Their techniques also help eliminate pain from neural, arthritic and rheumatic conditions.

They apply massage to relieve various forms of paralysis, insomnia and migraine headaches caused by nervous system disorders. Some specialize in treatment of sports injuries.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Massage Therapy 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $21,000 to $24,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Programs approved by the American Massage Therapy Association are offered by technical institutes and massage therapy institutes and colleges across the USA. Length of training ranges from six to twelve months and leads to a diploma. Course work and internships cover the areas of anatomy and physiology, neurology, hydrotherapy, hygiene, and massage techniques. Most states require licensing examinations.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.