Massage Therapy Careers

Massage therapy careers and job outlook

Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., allowing graduates of the massage therapy degree or diploma program many potential job opportunities—both in the public and private sectors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,* a massage therapist’s job duties can include:

  • Talking with clients about symptoms, medical history and desired outcomes
  • Evaluating clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
  • Providing clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation and how to improve their posture
  • Documenting clients’ condition and progress

In addition, many massage therapists choose to specialize in a certain area, such as:

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep-tissue massage
  • Sports massage
  • Prenatal massage

Job titles of massage therapy graduates may include:

  • Massage therapist
  • Massage practitioner
  • Massage technician
  • Spa massage director
  • Chiropractic assistant
  • Massage clinic assistant

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at