The Growing Demand for Massage Therapists
Healthy employees are happy employees. Because of this, many employers are starting to establish wellness programs for the workplace that offer perks such as on-site massages. A massage can be great for the mind and body, but working as a massage therapist can offer its own suite of benefits. If you like the prospect of a flexible schedule and variety in your work environment, you may want to consider the growing number of career opportunities in massage therapy.
Many massage therapists are self-employed and either own their own business or work as independent contractors. If you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, working as a massage therapist could provide opportunities for independence.
Some choose to practice massage therapy to have a secondary income source, so if you want a part-time or second job, you may want to consider enrolling in a massage therapy program. Both full-time and part-time programs are available, and even if you think you may not have the time for school, there are programs designed for people with busy lives. Find a massage therapy school near you and discover what opportunities they offer.
Sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week works for some people, but being a massage therapist can give you the opportunity to be on your feet, stay active, and work where you want.
For those who prefer a more stable routine or more social work environment, massage therapists can seek employment at a variety of establishments, including:
- Salons and day spas
- Fitness centers
- Hotels and resorts
- Physicians’ offices
- Chiropractic offices
The growth of the massage therapy industry has led to corresponding growth in the number of available training programs. If you’re looking for new career opportunities and working as a massage therapist interests you, enrolling in a massage therapy program could mean finding a new career opportunity in your spare time.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos295.htm (visited March 09, 2011). These are national statistics; conditions in your area may vary.