Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-9011 Massage Therapists
Massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: 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. Maintain treatment records. Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion. Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes. Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises. Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Massage Therapy for application process and examination schedules. Initial License Fee: $100.00 (for first two years) Application Request Fee: $25.00 Establishment Fee: $100.00 License Renewal Fee: $100.00 Establishment Renewal Fee: $50.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.97   Entry $20,748.00
Mean $17.12   Mean $35,599.00
Experience $20.69 Experience $43,029.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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Occupational Videos
31-9011.00 Massage Therapists