How to become a Massage Therapist

Massage therapists assess and treat the soft tissue of the body for therapeutic purposes.

Personal requirements of a Massage Therapist

  • Physical stamina
  • Manual coordination, dexterity and sensitivity
  • Patience and concern for people
  • A responsible and mature attitude

Education & Training for a Massage Therapist

To become a massage therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and obtain a National Police Certificate. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a massage therapist through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1%

NSW 23.1%

NT 1.3%

QLD 35.9%

SA 8.5%

TAS 1%

VIC 25%

WA 4.4%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 19.6%

Female 80.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 23.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 58.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 33.2%

Above 35 years: 68.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Massage therapy is not a registered health profession. However, bodies, such as the Association of Massage Therapists, set professional standards for the industry. Massage therapists wishing to offer health fund rebates to private health fund members must have completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage.
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