Where to work as a Professional Massage Therapist

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There is a wide range of jobs available to professional massage therapists. Use your specific interests within the broad field of massage therapy to help you determine where you’d like to work upon earning your program diploma and state and/or national massage therapy license. For example, depending on the techniques and modalities you choose to focus on in school, you might be best suited for a spa, doctor’s office or clinic, or perhaps even your own private practice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists can work in environments like personal care service establishments, chiropractors’ and doctors’ offices, fitness centers, recreational sports centers, hotels, spas, private offices, studios, hospitals, nursing homes, sports medicine facilities, airports, shopping malls[1] and mobile massage services that go directly to the clients’ home or hotel room.

When starting to narrow your search for the ideal massage therapy environment for you, there are several factors to consider. What are the types of clients you’re interested in working with? What are your strengths as a massage therapist? Are you interested in full time work, or would you rather be able to build your own schedule? Are you interested in being your own boss and running a business?

Once you’re able to answer these questions, and have found what you are truly passionate about while training, you’ll have a better idea about where you want to work when you’ve earned your license. What’s more, with the flexibility of the industry and continuing education, it’s relatively easy to change environments. In short, after you’ve gained more insight into the field of massage therapy, you’ll be able to decide for yourself the best fit for you.

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Last accessed March 26, 2012. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos295.htm