Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What happens after becoming a Certified Massage Therapist?

Deciding to take the plunge and go to massage school is a huge decision, and one thing we frequently hear potential students asking is what, exactly, they’ll do after graduation.

It’s no secret that massage therapy is one of the most flexible careers around. Massage therapists can choose to work for someone else or be their own boss, and regardless of which you choose, most have some flexibility around their schedules and the rates they charge.

That said, taking a leap into such a wide open career field can be nerve-wracking. Here are some of the most common paths newly-certified massage therapists take:

Setting up a private practice

This is probably the most daunting possibility, and that’s why our program includes classes on business practices. From entrepreneurial skills to regulatory practices, we’ll provide all the information you need to branch out on your own.

Make no mistake, though, developing a successful private practice will take a lot of work and motivation. Private practitioners may make house calls (taking their table with them!) or work odd hours to meet the needs of their clients. And of course, you’ll need to spend a fair amount of time marketing yourself: asking for testimonials, handing out business cards, and building a website.

The work will be hard, but the rewards of a successful private practice are worth it. Once established, you’ll be able to set your own schedule, take time off whenever you need to, and make enough money to work as little or as much as you want to.

Finding a job

It can be surprising how many places are looking for massage therapists: gyms, spas, chiropractors, and medical professionals all frequently have massage therapists on staff. Although these will likely pay less than a private practice, schedules are often still somewhat flexible.

For many new graduates, a mix of part-time job and private practice can be the best way to start. The reliability of a job makes the establishment of a successful practice less urgent while also providing time to learn more about working with clients and establishing your own business.

Teaching the next generation of massage therapists

With the growth of the field of massage therapy, teaching opportunities abound. As a new graduate you probably won’t be ready to become a full teacher right away, but with the hands-on training necessary for massage there are many positions available for assistant teachers.

Teaching is also useful in allowing you to build your skills and expertise. In fact, studies show that teaching is the best way to learn a skill yourself, so a stint in the classroom is likely to benefit you as much as your students.

No matter what you choose, we’ll help you get started

Our program is designed not just to teach you the fundamentals of becoming an excellent massage therapist, but also to make sure you have the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started after graduation. Beyond the classes on entrepreneurial skills, we’ll also work with you on building a resume, following licensing regulations, and working with clients. At AMI we pride ourselves on making sure you’re ready for whatever comes next.

Learn more about our program here

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