Is Massage Therapy a Good Career?

There are many aspects you need to consider in order to determine if massage therapy is a good career for you or anyone else.  In this post I’m going to go over the parts of the job that you need to know about, give you a few resources that you can dig into a bit deeper, and give you some of the biggest positives and negatives of being a massage therapist.

How to Become a Massage Therapist

The first thing you need to do, just like most careers is get training.  Now the exact amount of training will depend on the licensing standards in your state, which you can find using the map on our homepage.

The most common things required are to first go to a massage therapy school where you have typically at least 500 hours of training (some theory, some practical) and then pass a massage therapy exam like the NCETM or MBLEx.

Is Massage Therapy a Good CareerAfter you have become licensed you have to maintain it usually with some continuing education every 2 years, but usually nothing too difficult.  So all in all you’re looking at some post-secondary education, but typically it only takes a year or two to complete.

Massage Therapy as a Career

Let’s get this first thing out of the way as it’s always everyone’s first question, how much does a massage therapist get paid? You can read that article we wrote on it for complete details, but basically massage therapists get paid around the average of the country, but salaries are expected to rise as the baby boomers retire.

To expand on that point we will likely see better than average employment numbers for massage therapy in the short and long future.  This is a very important factor these days with concerns about jobs in the manufacturing industry.

What Does Massage Therapy Consist of?

Just to get you thinking here are some of the biggest positives of the job in my opinion:

  • Get to help people stay and get healthy: especially if you specialize in something like sports massage therapy, you have no idea how much injured athletes appreciate a good massage therapist to aid in recovery
  • Stay fit just by working: Ever see a fat massage therapist? They are not common, you will burn a lot of calories just by working and develop some killer arm strength
  • Enjoyable: You can usually set the tone of your office and the process is typically very relaxing and smoothing, which may align well with your personality

And to counter that some of the main concerns of the job:

  • Weird Hours: Honestly sometimes the flexibility may be good, but you have to realize that you’ll be working around other people’s schedules and be dealing with people cancelling or not showing up from time to time.  If a set schedule is important to you this might be frustrating.
  • Exhausting: Over time you’ll develop stamina but there will be days where you’re just tired and have no choice but to keep going performing the physically challenging massages.
  • Hygiene: While most people are good in this regard you will come across certain clients, who for hygiene or other reasons are tough to deal with.  In my opinion the good outweighs the bad, but this depends on what you can suffer through.

To sum it up, is massage therapy a good career for you? This is for you to decide, try and figure out how you feel about all the things we’ve discussed in this article and compare it to alternative careers you might be interested in.