Massage Therapist Career Overview

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What does a Massage Therapist do?

Massage therapy is an ancient practice, the origin of which is still a matter of speculated, but evidence of massage practice has been found in ancient Egyptian ruins. It has come to mean any manipulation of the body’s soft tissue using fingers, feet, elbows, forearms, or even a device to relieve pain or stress. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recognizes at least 80 forms of massage therapy. It is undoubtedly one of, if not the most, common of the alternative medical techniques employed in the United States.

How much does a Massage Therapist make?

The US Bureau of Labor reports that employment for massage therapists is likely to increase by 13% from 2018 through to 2028 as health and wellbeing remain high priorities for the American public. 

  • Projected job growth 2018-2028 22%
  • Median salary 2018 – $41,420

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