Massage therapist help people overcome physical challenges people may face brought on by a variety of things. Therapeutic treatments are administered to relieve physical injury and discomfort as well as to cultivate relaxation and relieve stress and can be done through simple massages to injury healing. A career as a massage therapist allows a freedom that you may not find with other careers. As a massage therapist you may choose to work full time or part time in settings such as a spa, massage clinic, hospital to owning your own business and working full time once you have built a strong clientele.
Students interested in becoming massage therapist will need to enroll in a postsecondary educational program. This will prepare students for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork certification exam. Once licensed, students will need to maintain the certification by renewing it every 4 years.
The median annual wage for massage therapist in May of 2012 was $35,970 with the top 10 percent earning more than $70,140 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment of massage therapist is projected to grow 23 percent, faster than the average occupation, between 2012 and 2022.