What Massage Therapists Do
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. Massage therapists work in an array of settings, such as spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers.
How to Become a Massage Therapist
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 jurisdictions.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for massage therapists was $38,040 in May 2015. Employment is projected to grow 22 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.