Massage Therapy is a rewarding, State Licenensed Health career choice with many benefits. For individuals that have a natural desire to help people, are compassionate, and possess a strong sense of self, massage can be an extremely easy career path to transition in to. While there is no shortage of benefits in choosing a career as a Massage Therapist we have identified five benefits of becoming a Massage Therapist that stand out the most to anyone considering massage as a career.
Start a Career Faster
After completing an education in massage therapy Graduates possess the skills and knowledge they need to enter the professional workforce immediately. Many massage schools are able to offer programs that are able to be completed within a year because their curriculum is solely dedicated to the science and practice of massage therapy. Graduates of a massage therapy program have the benefit of less time in school (without sacrificing the quality of education) and the ability of being able to earn back tuition sooner.
Join a Growing Career Field
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. This statistic is largely contributed to the fact that Therapeutic Massage is aligned with mainstream medicine as a complimentary treatment to a variety of health conditions such as cancer related fatigue, lowering blood pressure, boosting the body’s immune system functioning, and providing stress and anxiety relief among other conditions.
Higher Pay, Lower Hours
The American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) annual report showed that Massage Therapists worked an average of 21.2 hrs per week in 2013 but still grossed nearly $22,000 annual income for the year – which is a similar annual income to somebody who is currently working 40 hrs a week at roughly $10-$11 dollars an hour.
Working hand-in-hand with the statistic above, the lower hours that the average Massage Therapist works also opens the door to the benefit of flexibility in scheduling that a Massage Therapist can enjoy. Whether you’re practicing Massage as a sole career or a supplemental career the flexibility in scheduling allows you to better manage personal and family life, and recreation time all while still earning a premium income.
Diverse Career Opportunities
The continued growth of the massage industry has also paved the way for Massage Therapists to work in a career field with a rich and diverse selection of career opportunities including (but not limited to):
- Cruise Ships
- High-end Hotels
- Sports Teams
- Athletic Events
- Fitness Centers
- Chiropractic Offices
- Hospice Care
With the many benefits of choosing a career in Massage Therapy there is no better time than now to get started!
Interested in a career in Massage Therapy? Let Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage send you information about how to get started!