Start a rewarding new career easing people’s pain and discomfort by studying a massage course.
What do massage graduates do?
Massage therapy course graduates work as massage therapists, using non-invasive approaches including massage, dry-needling and electro-therapy to treat pain and injury in clients. As a massage therapist, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Consulting with clients, ask questions, and record client histories;
- Performing diagnostic tests and trigger point examinations on patients, to evaluate pain, tension and muscle spasms;
- Treating clients using a range of muscle-revitalisation techniques, including manual therapy, dry-needling, and thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques;
- Massaging the soft tissues of the body, including 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 therapeutic techniques, such as acupressure, Shiatsu, using infra-red lamps, wet compresses, ice, essential oils and herbal and mineral therapies to assist recovery;
- Advising clients on diet, exercise and lifestyle routines;
- Advising clients on stretching exercises and relaxation techniques;
- Writing pain management plans for patients; and
- Evaluating and assessing treatment therapies.
As a massage therapist, you’ll work with a range of massage techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments, in order to ease pain and tension and promote healing in your clients. You’ll draw on a broad range of professional massage and circulatory techniques, and advise clients on rehabilitation. You’ll also develop a comprehensive understanding of each muscle type and the way they respond to treatment.
You’ll find massage satisfying and enjoyable if you:
- Love working with people
- Are seeking practical, people-focused work
- Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Have strong time management and organisation skills
- Like solving problems
- Enjoy detailed work
- Have an interest in non-invasive medial healing
- Have an interest in health and wellbeing
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook describes the massage industry in Australia as a small and growing sector. Currently employing approximately 11,800 people, the industry has been growing at a modest rate for the past decade. However, job opportunities in the sector are expected to grow significantly in the next decade, with Job Outlook predicting approximately 15,100 people will be employed as massage therapists in Australia by 2020.
PayScale reports that a massage therapist may expect to earn between $27,000 and $71,000 per year, at an annual average salary of approximately $54,000, or an average hourly rate of approximately $25.
While entry-level massage therapists can expect to earn a competitive annual salary of approximately $54,000 per year, PayScale notes that practitioners with more experience earn higher salaries. Massage therapists in Australia with more than 20 years of professional experience can expect to earn on average approximately $64,000 per year. PayScale notes that approximately one in five massage therapists has more than 20 years of experience, indicating that people tend to remain in the profession for the duration of their career.