Between July 2013 and July 2014, over 15 percent of American adults had at least one professional massage. Massages are expected to become even more popular in the coming years, as the industry gains more acceptance by the mainstream medical establishment. The result is that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts an excellent job outlook for massage therapists in the near future.
Massage Therapists Make Good Money
Massage therapists working for a spa, chiropractor, or other type of facility
can easily make $40 dollars per hour. Those who run their own business can
charge upwards of $65 dollars an hour in most areas. As massages grow more
popular, people have shown over and over that they're willing to pay good money
for a professional massage.
Education is the Key
Training is key to becoming a professional in the field. Massage therapists
must know the proper techniques, or the massages they give won't be effective,
and they could even injure someone. Furthermore, massage therapy is a regulated
field, and it's necessary to have a license to practice. In short, the best way
to become a massage therapist is to go through a program at a school.
Massage Therapy is a Rewarding Second Career
The American Massage Therapy Association reports that the median age of massage
therapists currently is 44. Many of these therapists entered the profession as
a second career and love their work.