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

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

You usually need a certificate IV in massage therapy to work as a Massage Therapist. Massage Therapists often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

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

All Massage Therapists

  • $1,038 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 19,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 25% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 76% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Massage Therapists (in their main job) 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 2018.
  • Location: Massage Therapists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,038 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (25%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMassage TherapistsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10381460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance90.2
Other Services6.6
Arts and Recreation Services0.9
Accommodation and Food Services0.9
Other Industries1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMassage TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.431.6
VIC27.025.6
QLD21.720.0
SA6.87.0
WA8.710.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMassage TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.05.0
20-245.7-9.39.3
25-3428.1-22.922.9
35-4425.8-22.022.0
45-5423.6-21.621.6
55-598.1-9.09.0
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMassage TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree21.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma54.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.5-21.121.1
Year 127.6-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.6-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate IV in massage therapy to work as a Massage Therapist. Massage Therapists often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

You must also be registered with Massage & Myotherapy Australia or the Association of Massage Therapists.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • first aid certificate
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    50% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Psychology

    49% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Biology

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    45% Skill level

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

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    94% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  2. Freedom to Make Decisions

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  3. Physical Proximity

    91% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  4. Spend Time Standing

    89% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  5. Contact With Others

    88% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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