You’re interested in investing in massage therapy as a career, and here at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute (AMBI), we applaud you. Massage therapy is one of the most lucrative and sought out vocational schools to choose from.
Just like any other school, you may wonder if it is a right fit for you, how long it takes to graduate, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Most importantly, you might be wondering if you can get the best bang for your buck with a massage therapy career.
What Do The Numbers Tell Us?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled an interesting report just one year ago revealing massage therapists earned on an average $39,860 in 2016. They also predict that this massage therapy as a career will increase by 26% nationally from 2016 to 2026.
According to Salary.com, the average therapist in the D.C. Metro area is making just shy of $54,000 a year, which breaks down to $36 an hour. The salary figures for massage therapists were on the rise throughout the last decade, and they are expected to continue their ascension in the next few years as well.
AMBI received a 99.53% student satisfaction rating based on an independent survey conducted by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in April 2018.
As far as tuition goes, financial aid is offered to those who qualify, when attending AMBI. The total cost of tuition—including books, uniforms, and the MBLEx exam—is $9,995. On average, massage therapist works about 30 hours a week, which means you could pay off your tuition within a few short months of being a massage therapist.
How Long Does It Take To Complete Massage School?
The massage therapy program at AMBI has 700 hours of training broken down into seven, 100-hour courses. The program consists of 20 hours on campus training and takes as little as 28 weeks to complete.
There are three convenient schedules to choose from and there are online courses for just 5 hours per week. Whether you are looking to do full time or part time, days, evenings or weekends, you’ll be able to work school into your schedule.
During the last couple weeks of school, you will be able to schedule the MBLEx exam and apply for work. Before you know it, you will transition to earning a great income as a licensed massage therapist in no time.
How Can You Advance In Your Career And Earn More From Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is one of the most rewarding careers, and if you don’t believe us, check out the many success stories, here at AMBI. When practicing as a licensed massage therapist you gain more hands-on experience, however, you also have the option to gain more knowledge.
Continuing education courses are for those wanting to specialize in a specific modality, such as myofascial therapy or prenatal massage. Most continuing education courses range from 6-18 hours and can be completed in a short amount of time.
Once you have gained more experience in the field or completed your continuing education courses, there is the option of teaching or working with AMBI. Helping your clients is a warm and beautiful feeling and so is helping someone who was once in your position. For some therapist, teaching others is more rewarding, and that is the beauty in choosing massage therapy as a career, the options are limitless.
Quiz Yourself And Get A Massage!
We covered the cost and statistics, the time spent in school, and how to advance in a massage therapy career. Now let’s talk about your concerns. Some people–maybe even yourself–have never received a massage and therefore, they believe they won’t be good at it. That is not the case in this career, you discover your hidden talents, and your touch may be exactly what a client is looking for.
When attending AMBI, student clinic massage is a core part of your 700-hour training, in the massage therapy program. You’ll be able to take the skills you learned in the classroom and with your peers and apply them to real clients. If you’ve never received a massage before, check out our student clinic massage, you deserve it!