Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,176
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,297
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 10.3
Annual Openings: 31
Entry Wage: $10.65
Median Wage: $16.36
Education Requirement: Postsecondary non-degree award
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- Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
- Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
- Maintain treatment records.
- Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
- Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
- Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
- Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
- Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.
- Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
- Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.
- Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.
- Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin.
Indivduals currently working as Massage Therapists can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
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* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013