Beauty, Cosmetology & Massage
Massage Therapy

If you love working with your hands, helping people relax, unwind, and improve the way their body feels, and want a variety of options before you when you look for a job, from working in hospitals to clinics to resorts and spas, a degree or certification in Massage Therapy may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Massage Therapy students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), certification program, or apprenticeship program, most often offered at community colleges or technical schools. In this field, state licensure and completion of a minimum number of on-the-job instruction hours is usually required before one can work independently and professionally. Voluntary certification diplomas are also an option in this industry.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Massage Therapy Degree Or Certification

Given the narrow scope of a Massage Therapy degree or certification, most graduates go on to become professional Massage Therapists after graduation.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Massage Therapists was $42,820 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.