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Careers in Massage Therapy

April 23, 2015

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You know you want to become a massage therapist, but do you know what you will do with your massage therapy degree? There are several industry options for massage therapist and you can tailor your career toward the option that best suits you. We have broken the career paths into four main industries. If you are going into massage therapy then it is good to understand the options you have after graduation.

Two male massage therapist students giving a woman a massage


Business industry

This includes careers that are mainly business oriented. People in this industry often work in a massage office, home office, or for a franchise. Working in a massage office or for a massage franchise gives you the benefit of working with a team of massage therapists. It also gives you the opportunity to work for a business that is already successful. A home office is one way to have your own massage therapy business. The benefit of this is that you can be your own boss and set your schedule, however, you do not have the benefit of having an established successful business. You will have to earn your own reputation which can be difficult when first starting out.

Health care industry

Another option is to work in a physician’s office, clinic, hospital, nursing home, or chiropractic office. One reason people choose to go into the health care industry is because they are passionate about helping people. Working in the health care industry also gives employees the opportunity to work for very reputable companies that provide great benefits.

Athletic industry

Some massage therapists choose to work with athletes. For those who are interested in athletics this can be a fun and exciting option. Massage therapist are needed for both amateur and professional sports teams. There are also opportunities at health clubs and fitness centers.

Travel industry

One of the more glamorous choices for massage therapists is the travel industry. Massage therapist who work in the industry could work in hotels, spas, resorts, or on cruise ships. One of the appeals of this career choice is that you have the opportunity to work in exciting and possibly even exotic places. Fancy hotels, spas and resorts provide a fun work atmosphere. Working on a cruise ship gives you the opportunity to travel. The clients that massage therapist have in the travel industry are often excited to be there which makes for a pleasant client base as well.

There are many different career paths you can take as a massage therapist. The different options provided to you can help you to fit your priorities into your career. Getting a degree in massage therapy at First Institute Crystal Lake is the first step in the journey to your new career and after you can choose your path.

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