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AMTA's Career Resources in Massage Therapy

The American Massage Therapy Association has new Career Guidance and Job Bank resources on its website that can help you explore your options as a massage therapist.

One of our favorite pages under Career Guidance is the Workplace Options page. Here, you can learn more about the many massage settings you can choose from once you have your license, such as: franchises, fitness ad sports centers, medical and health care settings, self-employment and spas. There's a downloadable PDF for each option describing what you'll need to learn, what you can expect, wage estimates, and more!

There is even a Career Path Quiz that can analyze your personal interests, preferences, work style, and make suggestions as to which massage therapy venues might be best for you.

So check it out, and then check out our NUHS massage therapy program and so you can apply and get on your way to an exciting new career.

Massage Therapy Ranks High on Best 100 Jobs

The U.S. News and World Report online money and career guide has great news for those considering a career in massage therapy. It ranks massage therapist as #17 on a list of Best Health Care Jobs. Furthermore, it ranks massage therapists as #27 on their list of "100 Best Jobs" overall.

The article discusses the pros and cons of massage therapy, as well as training requirements and salary data. According to their data, the median salary for a massage therapist is currently $35,970, while the upper 10% of massage professionals earn $70,140. Furthermore, it states that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for massage therapists will grow 22.6% between 2012 and 2022, adding 30,000 more professionals to this field.

Read the U.S. News article here, and then learn how you can get started on your new massage therapy career at National University of Health Sciences.

Sports Massage

When you choose a career in massage therapy, a world of possibilities is open to you. Massage therapists work in all sorts of interesting places--even the Olympics! Here's an article from a massage therapist who will be traveling to the 2012 London Olympic Games. She explains the steps that led her to this opportunity, and also what's involved in becoming an expert in sports massage. 

» Where Do You Work? Working in Sports Massage

Fair Trade: Barter and Massage

At the beginning of their careers, almost every massage therapist faces the question of how to build their clientele on a meager or non-existent marketing budget. To help get the word out there without breaking the bank, consider the time-tested technique of barter - the exchange of services and goods for the same.

Massage Therapists can broaden their word-of-mouth clients through their barter buddies while cutting back on their own personal expenses.

To start with, you might exchange a massage for a small ad in a local paper, or get your business cards or other printing done by a local printer in dire need of touch therapy. Branching out, the possibilities are endless:  personal training sessions, acupuncture, chiropractic, reflexology, facials, hair care, nail services, gym memberships, oil changes, dry cleaning, and all the while you are adding more and more people to the list of clients who will recommend you.

One drawback, though, is that barter is fully taxable. According to the IRS, income from barter arrangements must be reported as income in the year in which the goods or services are exchanged. Arrangements on a noncommercial basis are exempt and fewer than 100 commercial transactions in a given year do not need to be reported.

Massage Therapy's Expanding Role in Health Care

If you thought massage therapy is just for self-pampering at resorts and spas, think again! Massage therapists are now part of many integrative health care clinics, nursing and rehabilitation centers, hospitals and other health care venues.

Why? Massage therapy has profound health benefits that continue to be documented by solid clinical research. Massage can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, reduce stress, provide pain relief, and much more. That's why many physicians are now referring patients to massage therapists as part of their overall plan for care.

MassageThis spells good news for those working in the field of massage therapy. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that jobs in the heath care sector will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. This is because the baby boomer generation is aging and will continue to need and demand more care. As massage therapists become a more valued part of the health care delivery system, their employment prospects are certain to expand as well.

However, to take advantage of massage therapy jobs in medical or therapeutic settings, a massage therapist must be able to function as a professional in a medical environment. That's why National University of Health Sciences offers a Massage Therapy Certification Program anchored in basic sciences and training in the skills a therapist needs to be part of a medical team.

At National, massage students don't just study anatomy from books; they work in a real cadaver lab and examine human musculature and body systems first hand. In other programs, students might "get by" massaging friends and family to earn the internship credits needed for certification. But at NUHS, students spend six months in a real integrative medical clinic, where they work on clients with a variety of health conditions, create charts for each client and work in conjunction with clinical physicians. When massage students graduate from NUHS, they understand medical terminology and clinical protocol in a way that allows them to be valued professionals on an integrative health care team.

The great part about the massage certification program at National is that it only requires a high school diploma or GED to start and can be completed in one year of convenient evening classes. This makes massage therapy a very accessible career option for those seeking an entry into the health care field.