Massage Therapists

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Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists - Preparation

To work as a massage therapist, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete a massage therapy training program.

Education after high school

Massage therapists must have a degree in massage therapy. Professional-technical schools offer these programs. Massage programs take about one year to complete and grant a certificate in massage therapy. In a massage program you learn anatomy and physiology, massage theory, and technique.

On-the-job training

While completing a training program, you begin to do massages under the supervision of a fully-trained massage therapist.

Once on the job, little additional training is required beyond new employee orientation.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.