Why Massage Therapy?
A Growing Profession
Past Growth - According to the 2015 Massage Profession Research Report from the American Massage Therapy Association, the number of practicing massage therapists and massage practitioners grew by approximately 32% over the last decade.**
Future Growth - The United States Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities for massage therapists and massage practitioners will grow much faster than average from 2014 to 2024.*
Consumer Demand - Approximately 32.6 million Americans received a total of about 140 million massages in 2014**
Consumer Awareness - 92% of Americans believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain and 91% believe that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness.**
A World of Opportunity
Massage therapists and massage practitioners work in a broad range of positive and exciting work environments:
Private Practice - Many massage therapists and massage practitioners start their own private practices and work on their own terms. 60% of all massage therapists and massage practitioners in 2014 reported that they were sole practitioners.**
Spas & Resorts - Massage therapists and massage practitioners have the opportunity to work at resort spas and destination spas in some of the most beautiful places in the world. And day spas offer many employment opportunities closer to home. The spa industry is flourishing, generating revenues of 14.7 billion dollars in 2013.**
Cruise Ships - Cruise ships operate world-class spas at sea and employ many massage therapists and massage practitioners - giving them the opportunity to travel the world while they work.
Sports - Sports massage plays an important part in the life of any athlete. Massage therapists and massage practitioners have a variety of opportunities to work with amateur and professional athletes - in health clubs, fitness centers, sports clinics, and even directly for athletic teams.
Clinical Setting - Massage therapists are becoming an increasingly important part of the health care industry. Therapists can work in hospitals, rehab facilities, doctor's offices, and more. In 2014, 54% of massage consumers received massages for medical reasons and 52% of massage therapists reported receiving referrals from a hospital or medical office.**
National Massage Clinic Chains - The number of massage clinics operated by national massage clinic chains has been growing for several years, increasing the demand for massage therapists and massage practitioners all across the country. Many of these chains offer membership and subscription plans, building a large, steady, and loyal customer base … and lots of employment opportunities for massage therapists and massage practitioners.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition