Massage Therapist

Career Overview

Massage therapists touch and manipulate the soft tissues and muscles of the body in order to relieve pain, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and help to rehabilitate injuries.


The completion of a message therapy program, which is often offered by a college, is necessary to obtain these positions. These programs vary in length, depending on their geographic location. Students will generally need to complete a high school diploma or equivalent in order to enroll in a massage therapy program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$20,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
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  • English - as much as possible!
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Work Environment

Typically, massage therapists work in spas, hotels, fitness centers, and physician's offices. Many are self-employed. Some actually travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. It can take some time for people new to this industry to build a base of clients.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada