The employment outlook for massage therapists in our area could not be better. Every week, Career Services and I get calls and emails from employers in the area, seeking out our graduates to apply for their massage therapist positions. We could easily place four times the number of graduates that we have! Several factors have caused a shortage of qualified massage therapists in our area. One reason is that several of the local communities have put in place massage ordinances, which require therapists to have a minimum of 500 hours of education from an accredited school. This has taken many unqualified therapists who do not have this training, out of the job market. Also, there were several massage programs in our area which closed, meaning there are not as many schools graduating new massage therapists.
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the projected growth rate in employment for massage therapists in the Seven County Metro area is expected to grow 27.4% by 2019. And wages are good. In the seven county area, median wages for massage therapists are $18.14. In southeast and southwest Minnesota, the wages are even higher, with the median around $24 per hour. This for a career which allows people to work very flexible hours, in a variety of settings such as spas, chiropractic offices, health clubs, massage offices, hospital settings, resorts and cruise ships, to name just a few.
Massage is a great profession, it blends medical knowledge and the physical art of touch in a magical and wonderful way, to help people relax, rejuvenate, and heal. The employment outlook and wages are very good. Who do you know who would be interested in our Massage Therapy program? We feature small class sizes, well-qualified instructors, and a curriculum including a wide range of massage techniques as
well as the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology and other courses to give our graduates a solid medical grounding.
-Karen Montanez, Massage Program Chair