Massage Therapists (31-9011)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 449533 18.78 412
United States 168,800205,200 21.63,650 1,2504,900

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.399.4813.09 19.1727.4635.99
Alaska 40.9219.4532.52 39.2854.4260.05
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 41.6720.3033.30 39.5654.9760.29
Fairbanks North Star Borough 39.5917.1822.99 43.9656.2361.08
Southeast Region 32.8113.7317.81 35.5844.0049.71
Balance of State 41.4027.5230.67 37.8454.2059.68

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
59478 13.127.6 20.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation124
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation78
UI claimants previously working in occupation32
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 181
Number of job position postings 33
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.5

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Academy of Advanced Cosmetology   (Juneau)
Massage Therapy Program

Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Therapeutic Massage Certificate

Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy   (Anchorage)
Oriental Healing Massage Certificate
Swedish Acupressure Massage Therapy Certificate
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage Program
Tui Na Acupressure Massage

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
OSHA General Industry Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate

Kindred Spirits School of Massage   (Fairbanks)
Anatomy Physiology Anatomy Massage Certificate
ANMA Aromatherapy Massage
ANMA Japanese Facial Massage
ANMA Japanese Foot Massage
ANMA Japanese Self-Care
Basic Clinical Anatomy Massage Certificate
Canine Puppy Massage
Canine Senior Massage
Canine Sport Massage
Canine Triggerpoint and Aromatherapy Massage
Introductory to Anatomy Massage Certificate
OceanSway Advanced Myofascial Practitioner Certificate
OceanSway Basic Practitioner Certificate
OceanSway Professional Orthopedic Massage Certificate
OceanSway Swedish Practitioner Certificate
Pathology Anatomy Massage Certificate

School of Integrating Shaitsu Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Gentle Wind Essential Oil Applications
Hawaiian Mat Massage
Hawaiian Mat Massage - Our Roots: Lower Back, Hips, Legs, and Feet
Hawaiian Mat Massage - Side Lying + 3 Basic Hand Positions