Massage Therapists

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Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, massage therapists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work closely with clients.
  • Communicate mostly by interacting in person. They also talk with clients by telephone or e-mail, but less often.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of clients.
  • Often work as a team of other therapists and medical professionals.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Often stand for long periods of time.
  • Come into close physical contact with clients and patients.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could endanger patients' health.
  • Often repeat the same physical activities.
  • Regularly make decisions that affect their clients and their business' reputation. They usually don't consult anyone before deciding a course of action.
  • Determine most of their daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere, where they compete for clients.


  • Often work part time. Most average about 25 hours per week.
  • May have a flexible schedule.
  • May travel to different locations for work.
  • May work evenings and weekends.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.