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Massage Therapists

Also called: Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP), Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Physical Strength
  • exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • ICS Software SammyUSA
  • Island Software Massage Office Professional
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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