Massage therapists have several options when it comes to their careers. Some choose to work in healthcare settings, such as chiropractic clinics; some choose to work in spas or fitness centers; and some choose to operate a private practice. Whatever the choice, massage therapists usually benefit from a flexible schedule and independence. This article from the American Massage Therapy Association goes over what every aspiring massage therapist should know.
One of the most frequent comments massage therapists make about their occupation is “I feel fortunate to have found work I love.” They feel this way because a career in massage therapy allows them to help people in a meaningful way with a high degree of personal contact.
Massage therapy provides an opportunity to express very positive values about caring and well-being in their work in a way that is both personally and professionally rewarding.
Massage Therapy Growing as a Career Opportunity
As massage therapy has become increasingly important in the health and wellness professions, the number of massage therapists has risen dramatically. AMTA estimates that the number of massage therapists in the United States, including students, is between 300,000 and 350,000.
There are currently more than 300 accredited massage therapy institutions in the United States. Many institutions have multiple campuses. Training programs in massage therapy generally require a high school diploma, though post-secondary education is useful. Previous studies in broad subjects such as science (especially anatomy and physiology), business and humanities are helpful.
Variations on Massage Therapy Careers
There is no such thing as a standard massage therapy practice. One of the reasons individuals choose this profession is because of the flexibility it offers in terms of work hours, independence, and choice of practice locations and types.