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Massage Therapy One of Top 28 Employment Growth Leaders

Chair MassageMassage therapy job opportunities are anticipated to grow by 21.6% over the next 8 years. The profession comes in at number 23 out of the 28 top employment growth fields according to a major online media source.

MSN's "Money" featured a recent slideshow highlighting the top 28 fields with the highest projected employment growth between today and 2024.  The online publication used projections from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine career rankings.

If you have a high school degree or GED, it can take as little as one year of convenient evening classes at National University to earn certification as a massage therapist and be able to take your state licensing exam.  You can then work in your choice of venues, be it a spa, a sports medicine center, integrative health care clinics, corporate wellness centers or your own business.

Explore how easy it is to start your career as a massage therapist by attending National University's next Massage Therapy Information Night on March 23rd, 2016.  You can also schedule an individual tour during the daytime if that is more convenient for you. Get started in planning your visit by calling 1-800-826-6285.

Massage Therapists Partnering with Chiropractic Physicians

2014-08-11_massageOne fantastic career opportunity for massage therapists is to work for a chiropractic physician. DCs (doctors of chiropractic) love to offer patients the option of massage therapy as a beneficial addition to their treatment plan. Having a part-time massage therapist on-site as part of their practice makes this easy and financially rewarding for the DC as well as for the massage therapist.

The "Massage Book" blog has a great article called "How to Partner with a Chiropractor". Many National University massage graduates choose this option as either the focus of their career, or as a part-time option in addition to a small practice of their own. Here are more recommendations from an MT who works in a chiropractic office.

If you want to work with DCs or other medical professionals, there are many advantages in choosing National University for your massage therapy education:

  • You'll be studying on a campus that also has students in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine degree programs. 
  • In addition to seasoned massage professionals, many of your instructors will also be chiropractic physicians.
  • You'll serve your clinical internship in our integrative medical clinic, working alongside students and clinicians from our various medical specialties.
  • You'll often treat clients who are patients of our clinic, and get accustomed to working with treatment recommendations prepared by chiropractic physicians.

Preparing you to work in partnership with other medical professionals is just one way National University gives you a career advantage in massage therapy.

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