Massage Therapists perform therapeutic massage and administer body treatments for health, fitness and remedial purposes.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, with the majority of workers having a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed.

Tasks

  • massaging the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, to assist healing
  • utilising a range of massage techniques to enhance sports performance and prevent injury
  • administering treatments to promote relaxation, improve circulation and relieve muscle tension
  • assessing and treating specific soft tissue dysfunction and providing rehabilitation advice
  • employing other techniques, such as acupressure or Shiatsu, and complementary aids, such as infra-red lamps, wet compresses, ice, essential oils and herbal and mineral therapies, to assist recovery
  • assessing client's physical condition and case history and advising on stretching exercises and relaxation techniques

Job Titles

  • Massage Therapist
  • Massage Therapist

    Specialisations: Chinese (Tui-Na) Masseur, Remedial Masseur, Shiatsu Therapist, Sports Medicine Masseur, Thai Masseur

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 19,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 29.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.5 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 78.4% female Gender Share

The number of Massage Therapists grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 19,900 in 2018 to 23,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 15,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Massage Therapists work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Other Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (29.9%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 78.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200812400
200910600
201014900
201111900
201214900
201314100
201415000
201515200
201617700
201716600
201819900
202323900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance88.6
Other Services8.8
Arts and Recreation Services1.1
Education and Training1.0
Other Industries0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMassage TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW27.831.6
VIC27.026.2
QLD21.419.7
SA11.56.7
WA7.110.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.41.1
ACT2.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMassage TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2411.5-9.99.9
25-3425.1-23.623.6
35-4422.2-21.721.7
45-5425.5-20.820.8
55-596.8-8.88.8
60-645.5-6.06.0
65 and Over3.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, with the majority of workers having a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Massage Therapists who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    86% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    65% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Biology

    65% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    57% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Clerical

    57% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    87% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    87% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  3. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Assisting and Caring for Others

    81% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9011.00 - Massage Therapists.

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