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Industry Statistics Paint Positive Picture for Massage Therapists

If you are considering a career in massage therapy, one of the first questions you should ask is, "Where can I work once I get my massage therapist training?"

Information provided by the International Spa Association (ISA), the professional organization that compiles day spa industry statistics, has some answers to that important question. And most of them are encouraging.

In August of last year, the ISA released its annual statistical report on the state of the American day spa industry. Here are its highlights:[1]

  • There are approximately 19,850 day spas in the United States, down just slightly from the 19,900 the previous year.
  • Total employment for day spa workers, including massage therapists, rose 0.2 percent to 339,400, suggesting that more people are now working in slightly fewer spa facilities.
  • Actual spa visits rose 4.1 percent over the previous year to 156 million, a sign that the demand for spa services is continuing to grow.
  • Likewise, industry revenues grew 4.5 percent to $13.4 billion.
  • More spa employees are choosing to work full time, with full-time work up 9.3 percent and part-time employment down 4.3 percent from the previous year.

Another growing avenue for massage therapy employment is the cruise industry. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 167 new cruise ships will have been built between 2000 and the end of 2013.[2] Most of these new ships have an on-board spa facility. The total number of passengers for 2013 is projected to be 17.6 million, which is up from 17.2 million in 2012.

Hospitals are yet one more venue for massage therapists. In a 2006 survey, 82 percent of hospitals that responded to a survey said they offered massage therapy as an alternative for pain management.[3] With more than 5,700 hospitals now operating in the United States[4] and an average six therapists employed by those that offer massage therapy programs [5], that means a good number of job opportunities, especially for experienced therapists.

Learn Massage Therapy at Everest

Interested in a massage therapy career? Everest is one of the nation's largest schools for training professional massage therapists. Everest's Massage Therapy career education program usually takes less than one year* to complete and is offered at many of the nearly 100 Everest campuses throughout the United States. (Programs and schedules vary by campus.) Industry professionals teach the classes with an emphasis on hands-on education so you're ready to move directly into the workforce upon graduation.

Everest has partnered with the Massage Envy and the Elements Therapeutic Massage day spa franchise networks to provide employment opportunities for the school's massage therapy graduates. Both partners make Everest's massage therapy students aware of current and anticipated hiring needs, and interview qualified graduates.

For more information on Everest's Massage Therapy career training program, contact Everest today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

*Some programs longer than one year.

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