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Massage Therapy

Associate of Applied Science • 61 Credit Hours

Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) offer a range of services from relaxation massage to precise clinical soft tissue treatment.

Learn specialized skills in Massage Therapy.

Massage techniques can reduce blood pressure, improve anxiety, depression and sleep patterns, release scar tissue, increase joint range of motion, enhance circulation of blood and lymph and increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells, eliminating waste products resulting in a healthier person.

What you’ll learn.

A holistic approach to massage therapy integrates an understanding that there are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components to each individual.

QUICK FACTS

Massage Therapist

2019 Median Pay
$42,820 per year

Number of Jobs
159,800 in 2018

Job Outlook
2018-2028 22%

Much faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Private practice
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Hospitals
  • Health clubs
  • Day spas
  • Cruise ships
  • Fitness centers
  • Beauty salons

Career Outlook: projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028

Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.

As more states adopt licensing requirements and standards for massage therapists, the practice of massage is likely to be respected and accepted by more people as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness.

Similarly, demand will likely increase as more healthcare providers understand the benefits of massage and these services become part of treatment plans. However, demand in some healthcare settings will be tempered by limited insurance coverage for massage services.

Massage also offers specific benefits to particular groups of people whose continued demand for massage services will lead to overall growth for the occupation. For example, many sports teams hire massage therapists to help their athletes rehabilitate from injuries and to relieve or manage pain.

Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Janet Smith
Professor
Mary Jo Perdue, LMT, BSPh
Professor

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