Online massage therapy courses provide the education you'll need to start your career, including courses in anatomy, physiology, business, and ethics. This online education will prepare you for the supervised clinical hours you'll need to become certified, a policy that varies by state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some states require those in the career to earn the title of Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB). Once the required education is complete, massage therapists enjoy flexible schedules and often work part-time.
Career Outlook for Massage Therapists
- Number of Massage Therapists, 2014: 168,800
- Job Outlook 2014-22: 22% (much faster than average)
- Typical Education Requirements: High schools diploma or equivalent is required for getting admission to a message therapy program
- Length of program: 500 to 1000 hours (or more in some cases)
- Where you'll work: spas, gyms, chiropractor's offices, sports medicine facilities, private homes
- Typical courses you will take: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology
- Median Hourly Wage: $20.09
- Median Annual Wage: $41,790 with top 10% earning more than $71,950
- States with Highest Employment: California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington
- Industries with Highest Level of Employment : Personal Care Services, Offices of Other Health Practitioners, Traveler Accommodation, Other Amusement and Recreation Industries, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
- Top Paying States: Alaska, New York, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts
The need for massage therapists is expected to grow faster than average over the next 10 years. In the last year, more than one in five adults received a professional massage. Stress relief is the number one reason people get a massage, followed closely by pain relief. Doctors now often prescribe massage therapy as a way to manage chronic pain.