Types of Jobs for Massage Therapists
Jobs for massage therapists can be found in a variety of facilities. Here are some of the places where you might find work:
- Massage spa franchise
- Nursing and long-term care homes
- Assisted living homes
- Gyms, fitness clubs, sporting clubs
- Athletic clubs, including professional sports franchises
- Physical therapy centers
- Chiropractors’ offices
- Holistic health centers
- Shopping centers and malls
- Resorts, spas, and cruise ships
The workplace for massage therapists can vary, depending on the type of facility. Some massage therapists work in medical settings, such as nursing homes or hospitals, where the workplace is formal and clinical. Others may work in more casual environments, such as hotels or massage franchises, where the workplace may be more relaxed. Massage therapists who run their own business often travel to the homes of their clients to administer massages. Many massage therapists provide their own products for massage, including oils, lotions, sheets, and music. Depending on the job, some massage therapists provide their own massage table.
Outlook on Jobs
To get a better understanding on the job outlook for massage therapists, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor. The handbook predicts that employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
The handbook explains that as our country’s population ages, “the demand for massage therapy should grow among older age groups because they increasingly are enjoying longer, more active lives.” According to the handbook, the demand for massage therapy is increasing as more people of all ages are learning about the benefits of massage. “Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.”
The Occupational Outlook Handbook also suggests that massage therapy is gaining a more respectable reputation as a profession. The handbook states, “As an increasing number of states adopt licensing requirements and standards for therapists, the practice of massage is likely to be respected and accepted by more people as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness.”
Salary Trends for Massage Therapists
There are a number of factors that affect salaries, such as the massage therapist’s experience level, skill level, base of clients, and geographic location. Earning a certification on a state or national level is one way to help improve your job opportunities as a massage therapist. In general, massage therapists who are just beginning their careers will earn less than those with more experience. But as you spend more time on the job, develop a client base, and perform your duties well, your earnings are likely to increase. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook provides more details on salary trends of massage therapists.
Massage Therapist Certification
As massage therapy is becoming more popular, more and more states are requiring special licenses for massage therapists to operate their businesses. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to become certified.
At Seacoast, our program prepares students for both state-level and national certifications. Certifications not only boost your resume, but they also provide you with credibility and marketability as you build your client base. At Seacoast, we recommend that graduates of our Massage Therapy program take one of the following certification exams:
We also help you prepare for state licensing exams. Starting your new career with a certification that is recognized across the nation gives you a great advantage.
Still Not Sure?
If you aren’t sure if the Massage Therapy program is right for you, take a moment to consider another program at Seacoast. Our selection of career-focused programs offers something for everyone.