The biggest benefit of being a massage therapist, is that you control the hours and days that you want to work. This is great for someone with children, or someone with specific needs for time off or who has a second job. You could choose to work only evenings, only mornings, or only Mondays and Tuesdays for example.
Another benefit of being a massage therapist is that there is the potential to earn great money. Of course you have to work hard, but so does everyone with a job! According to US News, "The BLS reports the median annual wage for massage therapists was $37,180 in 2014. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made more than $71,950."
The massage therapy field is constantly growing. There is almost no limit to the places you could choose to work! Massage therapy is a good career choice if you want a job that offers flexibility and job security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects massage therapy jobs to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the 14% average projected for all occupations.
Choosing a career as a massage therapist offers you the ability to become your own boss if you wish. Although other types of businesses might require a significant start-up cost, all you need to become a massage therapist is a portable massage table you can take to client locations. Being your own boss gives you the flexibility to decide what type of clients you’ll take on, when you’ll work and how you’ll promote your business. You can even alternate between working for someone else and working for yourself. For example, you might decide to sign on as a cruise ship massage therapist for six months and then return to your own business.
Tired of the rush rush rush of where you work now? Another benefit of being a massage therapist is, you focus only on your client, rather than ringing phones or a demanding boss. Your clients will be happy to see you and appreciative of the skills you use to relieve their pain and help them relax.
Massage therapists work in many different type of environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, spas, hotels, cruise ships and fitness centers, and established massage therapy offices. Many also work independently in their own offices, or at client homes. If you enjoy massage, but don’t like where you work, you can probably find a job in an environment better suited to your needs.