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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists in Tucson, Arizona

For those living in the Tucson, Arizona area, there are many career and education opportunities for massage therapists. There are currently 2,750 working massage therapists in Arizona; this should grow by 13% to about 3,110 working massage therapists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for massage therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.9% over the next eight years. In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Massage therapists earn approximately $18 hourly or $37,660 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally they average about $16 hourly or $34,900 yearly. Incomes for massage therapists are better than in the overall category of Physical Therapy in Arizona, and not quite as good as the overall Physical Therapy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: bodywork therapist, masseuse, and licensed massage practitioner.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Tucson where you can study to be a massage therapist, among twenty-one schools of higher education total in the Tucson area. The most common level of education for massage therapists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become a massage therapist if you already have a high school diploma.


Massage Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Massage therapists apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body. They also massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to furnish treatment for medical conditions or wellness maintenance. Equally important, massage therapists have to talk with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to establish how massage will be most helpful. They are often called upon to assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function and range of motion. They are expected to design and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used. Finally, massage therapists treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.

Every day, massage therapists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for massage therapists to ready and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin. Somewhat less frequently, massage therapists are also expected to apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.

Massage therapists sometimes are asked to refer clients to other types of therapists when needed. They also have to be able to take care of treatment records And finally, they sometimes have to talk with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to establish how massage will be most helpful.

Like many other jobs, massage therapists must be reliable and have a strong concern for others.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Tucson include:

  • Physical Therapy Aide. Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
  • Physical Therapy Assistant. Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.


Cortiva Institute-Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Cortiva Institute-Tucson, 6390 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85710. Cortiva Institute-Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 156 students. Cortiva Institute-Tucson has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated nine and 113 students respectively in 2008.

Pima Community College - Tucson, AZ

Pima Community College, 401 North Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85709-5000. Pima Community College is a large college located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 30,529 students. Pima Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated five and six students respectively in 2008.


Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Practitioners know that NCBTMB certification is much more than a credential.

For more information, see the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork website.


Massage Therapist (Certified)

Licensing agency: Massage Therapy, Board of
Address: 1400 West Washington Street, Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-8604
Website: Massage Therapy, Board of


Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona photo by Howcheng

Tucson is situated in Pima County, Arizona. It has a population of over 541,811, which has grown by 11.3% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Tucson, 88, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Tucson are priced at $179,100 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixty-five new homes were built in Tucson, down from 1,131 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tucson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 22.9% of Tucson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tucson is 9.2%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Tucson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.9%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Tucson is home to the Arizona Correctional Training Facility and the Silverbell Golf Course as well as Vista del Pueblo Park and Verde Meadows Park. Shopping centers in the area include Gaslight Square Shopping Center, Grant Park Shopping Center and Grant Plaza South Shopping Center. Visitors to Tucson can choose from LA Quinta, Casa Tierra Adobe B & B Inn and Best Western Executive Inn for temporary stays in the area.