“Massage Therapist” is the No. 8 health care career on the “50 Best Jobs for 2012” list recently published by U.S. News & World Report. “An increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years underscores a growing demand for massage services,” said the report’s authors. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more professionals to the 153,700 jobs currently in this field.”*
What can a massage therapist expect to make? That can vary significantly, depending on the individual’s training, experience, personal skill and place of employment.
“The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $69,000, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $17,970,” the article reports, quoting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Anchorage, Alaska; Tallahassee, Fla;, and York-Hanover, Pa.”*
Preparing for a Career in Massage Therapy
The U.S. News report noted that the education, training and credentials required to become a professional massage therapist varies by state. “To earn a license, most states require massage therapists to complete a formal training program and pass an examination. Programs offered at colleges and universities typically require a minimum of 500 hours of training. Some programs may focus on particular massage specializations, while others provide a general overview of the field,” the authors said.
To see the complete article, visit U.S. News & World Report here.
Get Massage Therapy Training at Everest
Everest is one of the nation’s largest providers of massage therapy training. Massage therapy career education usually takes less than one year to complete and is offered at most of Everest’s nearly 100 campuses throughout the United States. (Programs and schedules vary by campus.) Classes are taught by industry professionals and the emphasis is on hands-on education so you’re ready to move directly into the workforce upon graduation.
Everest is currently partnered with Massage Envy and the Elements Therapeutic Massage day spa franchise networks to provide employment opportunities for the school's Massage Therapy graduates. Under the agreements, both companies make Everest's massage therapy students aware of their current and anticipated hiring needs and interviews qualified graduates. They also advise Everest on its massage therapy curriculum to help ensure that it reflects current workplace realities.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everest.edu/disclosures.
*Your local market data likely differs from these statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.