Why Choose Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is one of the few professions that allow you to truly make a difference in your own life and the lives of others every day. It is also a very flexible career that you can feel passionate about while making a good income.
While people choose a career in Massage Therapy for a variety of reasons, three integral benefits to becoming a massage therapist include:
- Increasing demand for massage therapists means more opportunities for employment.
- The field of massage therapy has gained popularity in recent years and is enjoying unprecedented growth.
- The US Department of Labor 2006 Occupational Outlook predicts that employment for massage therapists will increase 18-26% through 2014, and employers are searching for highly skilled, well-trained massage therapists.
By enrolling in our Professional Licensing Program, you could be part of this exciting allied health career; providing massage to help others overcome chronic pain, recover from injuries and illness, reduce stress, and participate in proactive healthcare and wellness.
Choose from an exciting range of specialties and career opportunities
The field of massage is growing faster than the national average for any other field of employment. There are many options for employment as a massage therapist. Whether you are interested in self-employment, working as an independent contractor or as a salaried or commissioned employee, the field of massage offers a wide range of opportunities.
As a massage therapist, you may find employment in:
- Massage therapy clinics
- Chiropractors offices
- Doctors offices
- Holistic health clinics
- Health clubs
- Fitness centers
- Nursing Homes
- Sport medicine facilities
- Sports franchises
- Cruise ships
Massage therapy offers Schedule Flexibility and High Hourly Pay
One of the greatest benefits of a career in Massage therapy is the flexibility to pursue other passions like parenthood, continuing education, other arts or part-time careers. In most working environments, you can choose the number of days you work or the number of massages you would like to perform every week to create a schedule that works with your life.
Income levels for massage therapists vary by location, experience and type of practice. Hourly rates can range from $40 - 60/hr or more. According to the AMTA, massage school graduates who perform an average of 15 massages in a week can earn approximately $30,000 annually.
How can I get started?
You can begin by exploring your options. When thinking about a career in massage, ask yourself “What are my ultimate goals?” and “What are my interests?” Learn about the different types of massage therapies, modalities, and environments where massage can be practiced. For example:
If you are interested helping people de-stress, relax and improve their general well-being you may consider Relaxation or Spa massage.
If you would like to work with athletes to enhance their performance and assist in injury recovery you might want to consider Sports massage.
If helping people recover from injuries and chronic illness is a field that appeals to you, Medical or Clinical massage would be an option.
If your interest lies in practicing massage on many different types of people in various environments, you may consider Onsite or Corporate massage.
How do I choose the school that is right for me?
It is best to evaluate several programs in order to find the right fit. Speak with an admissions coordinator, attend an open house, interview former students, read course catalogs and attend an Intro class. Ask for information on tuition, fees, financial aid, length of program, class size, placement services and continuing education.
Don’t forget to review the curriculum to make sure that the style(s) of massage taught match what you want to learn. It is also important that the educational philosophy of the program and the faculty match your own views about health, healing, and the purpose and use of massage therapy. The school you choose should most closely match your career intentions, personality, schedule, and budget.