Have you ever thought about starting a career in massage therapy? If you have, now is certainly a great time to make that dream a reality.
- The demand for massage therapists is higher than it ever has been. Many job opportunities have opened up in the massage field recently therefore the job opportunities are endless. Massage therapists can find employment with chiropractors, physical therapists, massage clinics, massage franchises, wellness centers, spas, gyms, hospitals, on cruise ships and at luxury resorts. Massage therapists also have great opportunities for self-employment by opening their own massage office or mobile massage business.
- More people are receiving regular massages than ever before. People are finally deciding to practice better self-care, and massage is the perfect and easy way to do that. More insurance companies are recognizing massage as a therapeutic treatment and are covering it. Therefore, clients are realizing that massage really is a necessity for better health and not just a luxury treatment anymore.
- Enrollment in massage schools have been low nationwide for the last several years, therefore there are fewer licensed massage therapists working. A few years ago, we considered that the market was “flooded with massage therapists”, but that is no longer the case. Since there are fewer people graduating from massage schools, there are fewer people working as massage therapists and far more job openings. Almost anybody going into the profession now will almost be guaranteed employment opportunities right after graduation!
- Massage therapists receive good pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wages for massage therapists are higher than the median local wage in many states. As an employee, starting wages for massage graduates are usually around $18 to $20 per massage plus tips. After two years of professional experience, massage therapists can usually find employment for higher wages ranging from $30 to $50 per massage. Generally a therapist may start with around 12 massages per week and work up to 25 massages per week.
- Massage therapy schools generally offers fast paced programs and reasonable tuition rates. Depending on state requirements, an intensive 500 hour massage program may only take 6 months to complete and sometimes less. The average massage program tends to take a bit longer – anywhere between 9 to 18 months is standard. Tuition prices range from around $6000 to $20,000, averaging about $13,000 for a complete massage certification program. The short amount of time invested in going to school and the low tuition costs are really a small price to pay for getting to work in an amazing profession.
- Massage therapy is a rewarding career! The best part of being a massage therapist is having the satisfaction of helping others by being in a healing profession. It is very rewarding to help people feel better by relieving stress and pain. Clients are thankful for their massages and express gratitude when they leave. Massage work environments are often positive and stress free. Therapists often have flexibility in their work schedule or only work part time so they can have plenty of free time to spend with family or pursue other interests. It really does feel great to be in a profession that you love and can truly look forward to going to work each day.