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630 Associate's Degrees Annually
19 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#34 in Popularity (Associate's)
$45,880 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many somatic bodywork and therapeutic services graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 7,030
Undergraduate Certificate 3,215
Associate Degree 607
Bachelor’s Degree 10

What Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, somatic bodywork majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Somatic Bodywork Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in somatic bodywork should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Somatic Bodywork Majors

somatic bodywork majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Somatic Bodywork Majors

As you progress with your somatic bodywork degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Major?

People with a somatic bodywork degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Massage Therapists 26.3% $41,420

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Bodywork & Therapeutic Services?

607 Associate's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Somatic Bodywork and Therapeutic Services runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #34 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2019, about 630 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. The major attracts more women than men. About 75% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of somatic bodywork majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 75
Hispanic or Latino 138
White 279
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 63

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Somatic Bodywork. About 2.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Mexico
  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic
  • Mongolia

How Much Do Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $45,880 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to somatic bodywork. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Major  ( 45880 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with somatic bodywork require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to somatic bodywork have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 35.2%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.0%
Master’s Degree 14.4%
Doctoral Degree 10.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.7%

Online Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 506 schools offered some type of somatic bodywork and therapeutic services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 226 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 94 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Worth It?

The median salary for a somatic bodywork grad is $45,880 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 15% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $119,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to somatic bodywork.

Major Number of Grads
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 86,912
Health & Medical Administrative Services 81,317
Allied Health Professions 81,167
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 77,593
Health Sciences & Services 31,648
Mental & Social Health Services 27,516
Dental Support Services 21,530
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17,129
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 2,504
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 959
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 61

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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