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Massage therapists are professionals who are in the business of helping people feel better by alleviating stress, relieving pain, and/or assisting them in the process of healing from injuries. They do this by manipulating the soft tissue muscles of the body in an effort to improve circulation and promote general healing of the muscles. Often referred to by the familiar term of "masseuse", a massage therapist has a high degree of personal interaction with his/her clients and is usually able to derive a great deal of satisfaction from being afforded the opportunity to help people.

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Massage Therapy Schools

The majority of U.S. states require massage therapists to complete a formal education program through a massage therapy school, and pass an exam to obtain a license. You can get trained as a massage therapist though private or public colleges or through massage therapy training centers or schools. You typically need a high school diploma prior to applying to these programs.

Massage therapy education requirements vary by state and program, but most schools have programs that require 500-1,000 hours of study and hands-on experience. Courses may include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Business management

Similar to health care careers, massage therapists usually have continuing education requirements to keep their certification and license current.

Massage Therapist Certification

Educational requirements for massage therapists vary widely by state and locality. Hundreds of massage therapy schools and college programs are currently in place throughout the country; however, the licensing requirements of a particular jurisdiction in which a candidate wants to practice should be checked before making a decision on which school or program to pursue. Also, candidates who are interesting in a certain specialty should try to find a school that caters to that specialty.

In general, massage schools tend to be somewhat expensive; however, most offer some kind of financial assistance including federal student loans. Most of them require a high school diploma for admittance and many also require a personal interview. A large number of schools regularly arrange internships with local massage practices so that graduates can start out with a valuable amount of practical on-the-job experience under their belts.

Massage Therapy Licensing

Licensing requirements are also quite variable and depend on the state and also by particular localities within states. Most states regulate the profession in some fashion and those that do not usually contain municipalities which impose their own requirements for a business license. Licensure typically requires some combination of education, experience, and/or the ability to pass an exam. Presently, most states require a minimum of 500 or more hours of massage training.

Many jurisdictions recognize the exam-based national certification program offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), or both. The exams, which are given at test centers across the country, do not result in licensure, as their are other requirements for that (the requirements vary by state).

A very helpful credential for a massage therapist is membership in a professional massage therapy association. Memberships help therapists network and establish contacts in the industry, which in turn often leads to finding new clients. Many of these associations require that members graduate from a nationally credentialed training program, have a state license, and/or be nationally certified by the FSMTB or NCBTMB.


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Sources:

  1. Massage Therapists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-4
  2. Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, https://www.fsmtb.org/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Massage Therapy Schools

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Massage Therapy Schools jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 140 $26,630
Montgomery 50 $43,750
Mobile N/A $36,800
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 630 $82,290
Fairbanks 30 $91,440
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1640 $40,980
Mesa 1640 $40,980
Phoenix 1640 $40,980
Tucson 480 $42,550
Flagstaff 70 $31,310
Prescott 70 $39,170
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hot Springs 50 $22,620
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 7100 $41,200
Long Beach 7100 $41,200
Anaheim 7100 $41,200
Oakland 2510 $43,250
Hayward 2510 $43,250
San Francisco 2510 $43,250
Carlsbad 1600 $35,650
San Diego 1600 $35,650
Ontario 1320 $35,290
San Bernardino 1320 $35,290
Riverside 1320 $35,290
Roseville 900 $34,380
Arcade 900 $34,380
Arden 900 $34,380
Sacramento 900 $34,380
San Jose 740 $50,430
Santa Clara 740 $50,430
Sunnyvale 740 $50,430
Napa 390 $40,330
Santa Rosa 270 $63,170
Santa Maria 260 $49,060
Santa Barbara 260 $49,060
Salinas 180 $47,460
Oxnard 130 $35,730
Thousand Oaks 130 $35,730
Ventura 130 $35,730
Fairfield 60 $36,550
Vallejo 60 $36,550
Chico N/A $28,730
Fresno N/A $37,360
Bakersfield N/A $42,240
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 3640 $43,530
Denver 3640 $43,530
Aurora 3640 $43,530
Boulder 430 $56,760
Fort Collins 280 $58,480
Colorado Springs 70 $38,800
Greeley 40 $50,920
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 660 $47,410
West Hartford 660 $47,410
Hartford 660 $47,410
Bridgeport 510 $44,660
Stamford 510 $44,660
Norwalk 510 $44,660
New Haven 40 $43,080
Waterbury N/A $35,400
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2930 $38,740
Fort Lauderdale 2930 $38,740
Miami 2930 $38,740
Orlando 1440 $37,840
Kissimmee 1440 $37,840
Sanford 1440 $37,840
Clearwater 1390 $36,330
Tampa 1390 $36,330
St. Petersburg 1390 $36,330
Bradenton 490 $40,250
Sarasota 490 $40,250
North Port 490 $40,250
Jacksonville 460 $44,920
Cape Coral 200 $39,040
Fort Myers 200 $39,040
Daytona Beach 190 $34,830
Deltona 190 $34,830
Ormond Beach 190 $34,830
Port St. Lucie 120 $48,740
Naples 120 $57,530
Immokalee 120 $57,530
Marco Island 120 $57,530
Brent 100 $41,690
Pensacola 100 $41,690
Ferry Pass 100 $41,690
Crestview 80 $29,460
Fort Walton Beach 80 $29,460
Destin 80 $29,460
Panama City 80 $34,220
Gainesville 80 $57,330
Winter Haven 70 $29,840
Lakeland 70 $29,840
Titusville 70 $30,810
Melbourne 70 $30,810
Palm Bay 70 $30,810
Vero Beach 70 $32,420
Sebastian 70 $32,420
Ocala 60 $39,150
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1900 $32,390
Sandy Springs 1900 $32,390
Atlanta 1900 $32,390
Savannah N/A $27,180
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 860 $45,390
Lahaina 180 $69,250
Wailuku 180 $69,250
Kahului 180 $69,250
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 120 $37,250
Idaho Falls 50 $38,930
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bloomington 130 $34,930
Rockford 110 $54,680
Champaign 60 N/A
Urbana 60 N/A
Springfield 30 $54,020
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 570 $53,300
Anderson 570 $53,300
Carmel 570 $53,300
Fort Wayne 120 $35,830
Bloomington N/A $45,030
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 290 $40,500
Des Moines 290 $40,500
Dubuque 50 $24,210
Iowa City 40 $28,940
Cedar Rapids N/A $74,090
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lawrence 40 $19,210
Manhattan 30 $19,020
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 210 $37,310
Lexington 210 $37,310
Bowling Green N/A $48,460
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lafayette 70 $25,770
Shreveport 50 $45,200
Bossier City 50 $45,200
Baton Rouge 30 $94,360
New Orleans N/A $31,230
Metairie N/A $31,230
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 220 $38,620
Portland 220 $38,620
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1110 $45,200
Columbia 1110 $45,200
Baltimore 1110 $45,200
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsfield 70 $53,230
Barnstable Town 40 $45,140
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1180 $40,270
Warren 1180 $40,270
Detroit 1180 $40,270
Grand Rapids 340 $51,860
Wyoming 340 $51,860
Lansing 150 $35,470
East Lansing 150 $35,470
Ann Arbor 100 $40,920
Flint 60 $43,810
Benton Harbor 40 $42,180
Niles 40 $42,180
Kalamazoo N/A $28,770
Portage N/A $28,770
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 60 $37,920
Rochester 30 $45,050
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 60 $18,850
Biloxi 60 $18,850
Gulfport 60 $18,850
Jackson N/A $24,110
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 30 $24,030
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1440 $21,660
Henderson 1440 $21,660
Las Vegas 1440 $21,660
Reno 100 $18,020
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $54,490
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 270 $31,060
Hammonton 270 $31,060
Ocean City 60 $47,870
Trenton N/A $52,340
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 160 $44,120
Farmington 40 $49,400
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 270 $50,930
Troy 270 $50,930
Schenectady 270 $50,930
Rochester 110 $59,900
Syracuse 70 $59,140
Glens Falls 50 $54,620
Ithaca 30 $24,470
Rome N/A $38,730
Utica N/A $38,730
Niagara Falls N/A $53,700
Buffalo N/A $53,700
Cheektowaga N/A $53,700
Binghamton N/A $64,350
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 610 $48,000
Salem 220 $53,170
Winston 220 $53,170
Chapel Hill 150 $39,500
Durham 150 $39,500
Fayetteville 150 $39,790
Greensboro 80 $46,590
High Point 80 $46,590
Wilmington 50 $39,840
New Bern N/A $36,300
Hickory N/A $38,700
Morganton N/A $38,700
Lenoir N/A $38,700
Asheville N/A $41,430
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 530 $35,040
Elyria 230 $42,870
Cleveland 230 $42,870
Dayton 200 $37,450
Akron 140 $34,720
Toledo 120 $29,300
Canton 30 $29,290
Massillon 30 $29,290
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 230 $34,730
Tulsa N/A $54,580
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 150 $67,450
Salem 120 $52,890
Bend 110 $57,820
Redmond 110 $57,820
Medford N/A $64,480
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 320 $37,640
Scranton 170 $45,240
Wilkes 170 $45,240
Barre 170 $45,240
Hazleton 170 $45,240
Lancaster 170 $46,510
Harrisburg 160 $36,470
Carlisle 160 $36,470
Reading 150 $29,720
Erie 60 $24,250
Waynesboro 40 $36,870
Chambersburg 40 $36,870
Altoona N/A $26,580
Hanover N/A $41,450
York N/A $41,450
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 100 $18,600
Carolina 100 $18,600
San Juan 100 $18,600
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 310 $35,440
Anderson 310 $35,440
Greenville 310 $35,440
Charleston 270 $32,950
North Charleston 270 $32,950
Columbia 260 $34,560
Spartanburg 40 $37,300
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 40 $36,260
Sioux Falls 40 $37,700
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 470 $35,120
Murfreesboro 470 $35,120
Davidson 470 $35,120
Nashville 470 $35,120
Knoxville 130 $35,840
Cleveland N/A $35,080
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1690 $28,010
Houston 1690 $28,010
The Woodlands 1690 $28,010
Austin 1490 $45,020
Round Rock 1490 $45,020
New Braunfels 480 $31,530
San Antonio 480 $31,530
El Paso 130 $30,440
Mission 90 $29,080
McAllen 90 $29,080
Edinburg 90 $29,080
Killeen 90 $30,340
Temple 90 $30,340
Lubbock 70 $36,200
Bryan 40 $48,280
College Station 40 $48,280
Waco 30 N/A
Fort Worth N/A $35,770
Arlington N/A $35,770
Dallas N/A $35,770
Corpus Christi N/A $39,920
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 580 $27,410
Clearfield 200 $34,700
Ogden 200 $34,700
St. George 70 $53,490
Orem N/A $35,840
Provo N/A $35,840
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $57,310
Burlington 120 $57,310
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 380 $24,040
Roanoke 40 $24,740
Charlottesville N/A $27,070
Harrisonburg N/A $30,870
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 2590 $57,050
Tacoma 2590 $57,050
Bellevue 2590 $57,050
Spokane 280 $50,150
Spokane Valley 280 $50,150
Tumwater 190 $59,080
Olympia 190 $59,080
Silverdale 130 $45,820
Bremerton 130 $45,820
Kennewick 120 $59,440
Richland 120 $59,440
Bellingham 110 $59,440
Wenatchee 60 $58,200
Yakima 40 $59,110
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown N/A $35,080
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 590 $37,980
Waukesha 590 $37,980
Milwaukee 590 $37,980
Madison 210 $55,720
Eau Claire 50 $18,380
Sheboygan 40 $18,500
Appleton N/A $24,530
Green Bay N/A $37,380
Racine N/A $37,490

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Massage Therapy Schools

To find out more about building a career as Massage Therapists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Massage Therapy Schools

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Personal Services 22,160 43% $32,480
Medical Office 14,070 27% $39,470
Hotel And Accomodation 6,810 13% $30,530
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 5,050 9% $35,740
Education 890 1% $44,990
Hospital 800 1% $40,870
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  • Massage Therapy
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  • Advanced Professional Massage Therapy Program
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  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
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  • Massage Therapy/Therapist
  • One of the largest massage therapy schools in the nation teaching since 1979.
  • First massage school in California to be nationally accredited.
  • Has a successful job placement record— 86% of graduates get placed into work in massage therapy.
  • Provides massage therapist education with multiple methods to ensure every student learns the material.
  • Offers lifetime career placement assistance and holds partnerships with a variety of employers.
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  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
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  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
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