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Is a career in massage therapy right for you?
Basically, there are two paths for a massage therapist careers -- private practice or employee. Different massage therapy jobs exists; typical they are divided into two categories: location/setting and type of massage administered. Spa type jobs are typically found in resorts, salons, vacation destinations, day spas and hotels. Therapeutic massage jobs are usually found in hospitals, private homes, corporate settings, rehabilitation center and elder care faculties.
Massage Licensing Programs / Massage Schools
|Massage Jobs Outlook|
for hygienic or remedial purposes
2012 employment: 94,000
Projected 2014 employment change: Faster than average
|*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook|
Deciding to become a massage therapist is not only career changing, but has major physical and financial implications. Choosing the best massage school that fits your goals and budget will be critical to your future success.
We can help you find the ideal massage therapy school
for your specific needs, budget and location. We also offer tips for getting financial aid, scholarships and loads for massage school
Before you begin your massage school, take the time to understand you state's massage certification process and requirements. To view your specification state's requirements, visit the massage certification
Setting Your Own Work Schedule
Due to the large increase in massage therapy opportunities in the US, certified massage therapists have a lot of flexibility in setting their own hours. Because body work is usually performed in 1 to 2 hour blocks, massage therapists not only can enjoy a flexible schedule, but have a quality of life not known to many professions.
Massage Therapy Job Outlook: 2014
According to the U.S. Department of Labor massage therapy job opportunities will grow at double the rate of other job industries. The long term job growth outlook is promising for both full-time and part-time masseurs and masseuses.
Growing Popularity of Massage Therapies
|Popularity of Massage Therapy|
47 Million Strong
About 47 million Americans received a massage within the past year. The latest numbers also show a dramatic increase in new customers receiving a massage. These estimates are around 2 million.
|2012, American Massage Therapy Association [ AMTA Web Site ]|
The public views towards health and massage therapy have changed over the past decade. Not only do massage therapists have the opportunity to bring positive well-being to the client, but clients view the massage experience as positive and a major contributing factor to their overall health.
Today, the general public views massage as a luxury or cosmetic service, such as pedicures and waxing. Because of this market shift, the popularity, as well as the availability of massage centers, day spas, has increased its popularity and demand.
Massage Therapy Job Types
If you are interested in a massage therapy career, you should find out more about the kind of therapies you will administer and determine what types of massage are best suited for you.
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