CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Massage Therapists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.
 
Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
 
Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.
 
Maintain treatment records.
 
Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.
 
Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
 
Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
 
Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
 
Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.
 
Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.
 
Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.
 
Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Manager Calendar and scheduling software
 
Central Florida Web Hosting & Software Services Massage Manager Medical software
 
ICS Software SammyUSA Medical software
 
Island Software Massage Office Professional Medical software
 
Land Software Customer Pro-File Medical software
 
Massage Suite Medical software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
WinCity Custom Software WinCity Massage SOAP Notes Medical software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Bath robes Bath robes
 
Body lotions Hand or body lotions
 
Bolsters Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Cold packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Heat lamps Medical heat lamps or accessories
 
Hot packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
 
Hydrotherapy equipment Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
 
Massage chairs Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Massage stone sets Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
 
Massage stools Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Mechanical vibrating massage devices Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Portable massage tables Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Steam cabinets Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems
 
Treatment tables Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Bodywork Therapist
Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
Clinical Massage Therapist
Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
Integrated Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Licensed Massage Therapist
Massage Operator
Massage Therapist
Masseur
Masseuse
Massotherapist
Mechanotherapist
Medical Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist
Rolfer
Swedish Masseuse
Therapeutic Massage Technician
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Massage Therapists
 
 
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