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Massage Therapists

ANZSCO ID 4116

Overview

All Massage Therapists

  • $1,038 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 16,000 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

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 or a diploma of remedial massage or another related field to work as a Massage Therapist.

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

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate IV in massage therapy or a diploma of remedial massage or another related field to work as a Massage Therapist.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. English language

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    41% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Therapy and counselling

    34% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  9. Medicine and dentistry

    33% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  10. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  12. Law and government

    30% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Communications and media

    26% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Sociology and anthropology

    25% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  16. Computers and electronics

    23% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  17. Philosophy and theology

    22% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  20. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  2. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    34% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Systems evaluation

    34% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  16. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Negotiation

    25% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Operations analysis

    23% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Dynamic strength

    48% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  4. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  9. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  10. Extent flexibility

    45% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  11. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  12. Stamina

    45% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Static strength

    43% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  18. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Near vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  20. Originality

    39% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

Activities

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

  1. Working with the public

    70% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  2. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    63% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Doing physically active work

    63% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    63% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Handling and moving objects

    58% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Thinking creatively

    53% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    50% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Coming up with systems and processes

    47% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    47% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    47% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    46% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Collecting and organising information

    46% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  19. Communicating with the public

    44% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  20. Explaining things to people

    39% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9011.00 - Massage Therapists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Unstructured work

    94% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Physically close to people

    91% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Spend time standing

    89% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Telephone

    85% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  10. Contact with the public

    79% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Electronic mail

    74% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    72% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Competition

    69% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Repeating same tasks

    68% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  17. Being exact or accurate

    59% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  18. Time pressure

    58% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Bending or twisting your body

    57% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  20. Letters and memos

    53% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    90% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9011.00 - Massage Therapists.

All Massage Therapists

  • $1,038 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 16,000 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

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 or a diploma of remedial massage or another related field to work as a Massage Therapist.

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

You usually need a certificate IV in massage therapy or a diploma of remedial massage or another related field to work as a Massage Therapist.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

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.

  6. English language

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    41% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  8. Therapy and counselling

    34% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  9. Medicine and dentistry

    33% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  10. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  12. Law and government

    30% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Communications and media

    26% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Sociology and anthropology

    25% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  16. Computers and electronics

    23% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  17. Philosophy and theology

    22% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  20. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  2. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    34% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Systems evaluation

    34% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  16. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Negotiation

    25% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Operations analysis

    23% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Dynamic strength

    48% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  4. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  9. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  10. Extent flexibility

    45% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  11. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  12. Stamina

    45% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Static strength

    43% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  18. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Near vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  20. Originality

    39% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

Activities

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

  1. Working with the public

    70% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  2. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Helping and caring for others

    63% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Doing physically active work

    63% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    63% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Handling and moving objects

    58% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Thinking creatively

    53% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    50% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Coming up with systems and processes

    47% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    47% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    47% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    46% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Collecting and organising information

    46% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  19. Communicating with the public

    44% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  20. Explaining things to people

    39% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9011.00 - Massage Therapists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Unstructured work

    94% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Physically close to people

    91% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Spend time standing

    89% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Telephone

    85% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  10. Contact with the public

    79% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Electronic mail

    74% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    72% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Competition

    69% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Repeating same tasks

    68% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  17. Being exact or accurate

    59% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  18. Time pressure

    58% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Bending or twisting your body

    57% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  20. Letters and memos

    53% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    90% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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