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31 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#22 in Popularity
$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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 9,842
Undergraduate Certificate 4,815
Associate’s Degree 763
Bachelor’s Degree 31

What Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to somatic bodywork and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being 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

A major in somatic bodywork prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with somatic bodywork:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Massage Therapists 26.3% $41,420

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Bodywork & Therapeutic Services?

31 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
84% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Somatic Bodywork and Therapeutic Services runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #22 out of all the healthcare majors we track. In 2018, about 31 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. The major attracts more women than men. About 84% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Somatic Bodywork Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 17
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Somatic Bodywork. About 3.2% 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 you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for somatic bodywork careers below.

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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 2017-2018, 596 schools offered a somatic bodywork program of some type. 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) 362 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 273 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 119 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 362 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
Nursing 293,633
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,068
Dental Support Services 27,155
Mental & Social Health Services 26,783
Health Sciences & Services 24,436
Communication Sciences 21,520
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,962
Medicine 19,418
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,295
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,807
Other Health Professions 8,426
Dentistry 6,518
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 6,056
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,875
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,481
Veterinary Medicine 3,175
Chiropractic 2,503
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,714
Optometry 1,674
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,608
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,089
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 804
Medical Science 738
Podiatry 543
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 535
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 373
Alternative Medical Support Services 244
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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