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Massage Therapists - 31-9011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bodywork Therapist
  • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  • Clinical Massage Therapist
  • Integrated Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
  • Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  • Massage Therapist
  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
  • Soft Tissue Specialist
  • Therapeutic Massage Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations
31-9000 Other Healthcare Support Occupations
31-9010 Massage Therapists
31-9011.00 Massage Therapists

Related Occupations


  • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
  • Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
  • Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
  • Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
  • Maintain massage areas by restocking supplies or sanitizing equipment.
  • Maintain treatment records.
  • Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
  • Perform other adjunctive therapies or treatment techniques in addition to massage.
  • Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin.
  • Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
  • Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.
  • Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Clean facilities or equipment.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
  • Develop patient therapy programs.
  • Interview patients to gather medical information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Stock supplies or merchandise.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Certified Massage Therapist (Cmt)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Masseur/Masseuse