According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2006 to 2106, faster than average for all occupations.
Key points about the current massage therapy industry:
• Massage therapists schedule an average of 41 massages per month and charge an average of $63 for an hour of massage.
• Average annual income for a massage therapist is $31,500.
• Practitioners work in several settings, including their home, spa, salon, office, health care setting, and health club.
• Massage therapy is practiced as a second career for eighty-two percent of practitioners.
• Currently, 42 states and the District of Columbia regulate massage therapists or provide voluntary state certification.
• Since 2003, an average of 21 percent of adults has received at least one massage per year, according to annual AMTA consumer surveys.
• Spas are where most people now receive massage.
• Health care providers are increasingly promoting massage to their patients; more than half of massage therapists receive referrals from health care professionals.
• Hospital massage therapy programs have increased by 30 percent in the past two years. Massage is commonly offered for patient pain management, stress and comfort.
• Both consumers and massage therapists favor integration of massage into health care.
• Over half of adults would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.
For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500.