Job Security on the Rise for Massage Therapists

Job Security on the Rise for Massage TherapistsMassage therapy is seeing a rise in demand, more and more people are realizing its benefits. Insurance companies are covering its services and chiropractors are adding massage therapist to their staff. What used to seen as a way to relax or for sports rehabilitation only is now getting a distinguished reputation in traditional medicine. As the health benefits vary and expand, so is the job demand. New massage schools are opening up, a good sign for future masseuses and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS, there will be a 23% growth rate over next the decade. But, how easy is it to find a Massage therapist job today?


Depending on where you live, you may spend anywhere from 500 to a 1000 hours investment in massage therapy school with tuition ranging from $5,000 to as much as $10,000. In the health care industry, that’s not a bad investment. But, it will all be for naught if you can’t find work. When you’re just out of school, you may need to do some grunt work to build up experience and work references. You can expect this in any career field, so you’re not alone.


Location and Industry are factors when looking for employment. First, establish what field you want to work in. If you like to set your clients at ease and help them to relax, the personal care industry may be right for you. If you prefer the healing aspect and helping your client get their health back on track, the health care industry may be where you’ll shine most. Finding the right fit will ensure your lasting job satisfaction. Personal Care industry would be spas, hotels, resorts, cruise ships and in some cases, health care facilities. Health Care industry would be working for or with health care practitioners, doctor offices, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.


Next, do some research to find what companies are hiring in your area or as close to your area as you’re willing to travel. If you see lots of job placement adds in an area near you, you know finding a job will be relatively easy. Though, you may have to travel or relocate, depending on where you live. Just doing one job search for a particular franchise business, in the state of Washington, yielded 37 job openings (state-wide). And this is just one business. A second search using a popular job board, yielded 70 job openings in the past 20 days in the greater Seattle area. If you’re dead set on not moving far from home, look into self-employment, a little bit of research showed that self-employed masseuses do very well. The down side of being your own boss means paying for equipment and supplies, accounting, advertising & marketing not to mention billing and dealing with insurance companies.


Here’s a bit of research to help you on your way. According to BLS, some states that have the highest employment level are CA, FL, TX, WA and AZ. The highest concentration of jobs in locations are HI, AZ, NV, WA, and CO. The metropolitan and their greater areas, with the highest employment level are, Chicago, L.A., NYC, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland (OR) Las Vegas and Boston. Cities with the highest concentration of jobs in locations are, Napa CA, Pittsfield MA, Fort Collins CO, Olympia WA, Hot Springs AR, Boulder CO, Steubenville OH, West Palm Beach/Boca Raton FL, Las Vegas NV, Raleigh NC. The top paying Metropolitan areas are, Anchorage AK, Danbury CT, Holland/Grand Haven MI, Corvallis OR, Harrisburg/Carlisle PA, New Haven CT, Oakland/Fremont/Hayward CA, Rochester NY, Philadelphia PA, Eugene/Springfield OR.


*On an interesting note: the highest concentration of employed massage therapist is in Las Vegas, and also happens to be the lowest paid wage.

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