I'm always happy to pass along good news about our industry. The latest comes from U.S. News & World Report, which called massage therapy one of the best jobs of 2012. Click here for the full report. But here's the gist:
- Demand for massage therapists is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapists employment growth of 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more professionals to the 153,700 jobs currently in this field.
- It can be a lucrative job for talented therapists. The median annual wage for massage therapists was $34,900 in 2010. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $69,000, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $17,970. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Anchorage, Alaska, Tallahassee, Fla., and York-Hanover, Pa.
These statistics certainly show that there will be an influx of new employees in the spa business in coming years. What are you doing to train and secure talented massage therapists? Share your ideas here.