Career Paths & Future of Massage Therapy Profession
Massage therapy is a versatile profession that can allow a therapist to practice in various locations including spas and resorts, chiropractic offices, physical therapy offices, airports, on-site corporations, group massage clinics, and private practice. Whether our graduates choose to focus their career on relaxation or rehabilitation as employees or business owners, our business practice courses prepare them and our continued post-graduation support provide assurance and guidance.
According to the latest US Department of Labor data, the number of massage therapists in the United States is expected to increase by 23.0% from 2010 to 2022. (2013)
The main increased need for healthcare professionals is to care for the growing aging population; however, Millennials are increasingly becoming consistent consumers of massage (American Massage Therapy Association, 2014).
The Washington State Workforce Industry Demand report for Washington Massage Therapy shows both short and long-term trend of growth. In 2012 the estimated employment was 9,230. The average annual total openings for 2012-2022 are 563 with an annual growth rate of 4%. (2014)
The estimated employment numbers for Massage Therapy are increasing for good reason, even beyond the rising median age of the population. More people are using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) providers. 70% of doctors and 73% of other healthcare professional are referring and encouraging the use of massage (American Massage Therapy Association, 2014). This mounting relationship with the healthcare sector is anticipated to provide growing sources of revenue (Khedr, 2014).
Though the American Massage Therapy Association found that 61.0% of domestic adults would like to see their insurance carrier cover massage, this industry’s services are typically viewed as discretionary. While 79.0% of therapists currently accept insurance reimbursement, the anticipated 2.5% annualized increase in per capita disposable income over the next five years provides a promising growth opportunity for the Massage Services industry regardless of health insurance reimbursement (Khedr, 2014).
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These increases in cost for consumers, wage, and tipping have raised the average Massage Therapist’s gross annual income to $24,519 in 2015 according to the American Massage Therapy Association 2016 Massage Profession Research Report. The average Massage Therapist earns well over minimum wage and ONLY works part-time! Choosing a profession that allows you the comfort of a flexible schedule can be incredibly rewarding.