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Do you have good communication skills and enjoy working with people? If so, you already have two of the most important qualities for building a successful career in massage therapy, and building trust with your clients. With more than 80 types of massage, or modalities, you can continue to learn and grow with a career as a massage therapist. Most specialize in more than one modality, with Swedish, trigger point/neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports massage, and Shiatsu being the most commonly practiced.
How to Prepare for a Career as a Massage ProfessionalTherapeutic massage training requirements vary by state, but massage programs usually require 500 hours or more of study. Programs generally take about one year to complete, even with a part-time class schedule. Some massage programs offer intensive training that takes as little as eight months to complete before earning a massage certificate.
Career Outlook for Massage TherapistsMassage therapists charge an average of $63 for one hour of therapeutic massage, and earn an average of $41.50 an hour (including tip), according to the American Massage Therapy Association. As for work environments, massage therapists often divide their time among several different settings, including:
- Massage offices
- Wellness centers
- Nursing homes
- Chiropractic offices
- Fitness centers
- Hotels and resorts
- Cruise ships