Although most states regulate massage therapy, standards and requirements to become a massage therapist vary by state. If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist, please contact your individual state board or regulating agency to determine the qualifications necessary to practice.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) identifies seven important qualities toward practicing massage therapy: communication skills, decision-making skills, empathy, integrity, physical stamina, physical strength and dexterity, and time-management skills. Additionally, the profession offers room for continued growth and advancement through certification and volunteer opportunities.

For more information, the following resources can help you in your decision and in better understanding the pathway toward becoming a practitioner:

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

American Massage Therapy Association

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals