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March 23, 2017

4 Reasons to Avoid Massage Therapy as a Career

Let’s face it, everyone feels the pressure of wanting a change in their career from time to time, or the desire to expand their educational horizons. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the massage therapy job field is expected to grow at a rate of 22%, much faster than average, and earning potential on average is over $18.00 per hour, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right career path for you.

Maybe you like the drab 9-5 life…

That’s ok, there’s nothing wrong with that! There are plenty of rewarding careers that fall into this category, but if that’s your scene, stay away from massage therapy. Massage therapy is a career that can give you a diverse schedule (and one in which you can often set your own hours), with an exciting and upbeat workplace environment. You’ll spend a lot of time moving, interacting, and learning different methodologies. If you’re a creature of repetition and habit, this is not the career for you.

Not a big fan of socializing?

Hey, no big deal at all; some of us would prefer to go to our job, keep to ourselves, hammer out our work, and go home. If that’s you, though, forget massage therapy. From the moment you start school to your first day on the job, you’re going to be interacting with a variety of people from different backgrounds, with different needs and reasons for seeking massage therapy, and you’ll be building a lot of relationships very quickly. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your solitude, but if a career that lets you meet new people and socialize isn’t for you, steer clear.

A career in helping others doesn’t appeal to you.

Massage therapists utilize a variety of techniques and modalities to help people relax as well as treat a variety of injuries and physical pain in the muscles. One of the more rewarding aspects of massage therapy is knowing that your clients are going to leave feeling happier and healthier than when they walked in the door. If that’s not the kind of thing that makes you feel great about your work, avoid massage therapy as a career.

You’d prefer to stick to the same thing throughout your career.

Massage therapy is a booming industry that is always transforming. Massage therapists often add new skills, techniques, and modalities to their arsenal throughout their careers to make themselves more skilled, more employable, and quite simply more educated! This might not appeal to the type of person who would rather specialize in one area or skill set and continue doing that until they retire. Massage therapy offers the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop beyond your comfort zone, so if that seems a little overwhelming, you might go in a different direction.

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