How to Become a Massage Therapist
The path to becoming a massage therapist begins with enrolling in and successfully completing massage therapy school, such as the training program offered at Arizona College’s Glendale campus. After graduating, you’ll be eligible to apply for a massage therapy license through your state board (this is a requirement for practicing as a massage therapist in most states).
Benefits of Becoming a Massage Therapist
When you choose to pursue a career in massage therapy, you’ll be entering a field that is both rewarding and in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates there will be a job growth of 22% for massage therapists by 2028. With tens of thousands of new jobs expected to become available in the coming years, there is plenty of opportunity for people entering this field.
Within allied health professions, massage therapists have among the most interactions with patients and clients. Another distinctive feature of massage therapy is the variety of specialties that a therapist can choose to focus on in their career, such as sports massage and deep tissue massage.
Because of the nature of the work, massage therapy usually takes place in a relaxed, calm setting. In addition, massage practitioners have flexibility in where they work as they can perform therapeutic services in both commercial and clinical settings. Massage therapists are often able to set up their workspace to meet their own needs, as well as the needs of the client. Some may even opt to be self-employed and open their own businesses.
Pre-Licensure Massage Therapy Training is the First Step
There are many factors to consider when choosing a school for your massage therapy training, including how long the program will take to complete, cost, and class schedules.
Other factors that are important to keep in mind include:
- Hands-on training with modern equipment
- Coursework in both lab and lecture environments
- Curriculum that includes courses on topics such as:
- Massage therapy techniques
Massage therapy training programs vary in length and style. Arizona College’s massage therapy program takes 35 weeks to complete, with new class sessions beginning every 5 weeks. Our comprehensive curriculum is taught by experienced faculty. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. The massage therapy training program at Arizona College provides students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to successfully apply for licensure.
Pursuing Massage Therapy Licensure
After graduating from Arizona College’s massage therapy program, you will have met the initial licensing requirements to become a licensed massage therapist in the state of Arizona. You will then need to apply for an Arizona Massage therapy license through the State Board of Massage Therapy.
Arizona massage therapy licenses are valid for two years, and renewal applications will be required to keep up-to-date with your certification.
Beginning Your Massage Therapy Career
At Arizona College, we teach a variety of massage modalities and techniques to prepare you to work in many different environments. One of the benefits of a massage therapy career is the flexibility in where and when you work. Many of our students find work at:
- Health Clubs
As a licensed massage therapist, you can expect to enjoy a fulfilling career that focuses on improving people’s health and well-being.
Start on your path to becoming a massage therapist today. Fill out a request for information form to connect with the Arizona College admissions team!