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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists in Alaska

Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its largest city is Anchorage.

Massage therapists can find many career and educational opportunities in the Anchorage, Alaska area. Currently, 180 people work as massage therapists in Alaska. This is expected to grow 22% to 220 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for massage therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.9% over the next eight years. In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

The income of a massage therapist is about $44 per hour or $92,720 per year on average in Alaska. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $16 per hour or $34,900 yearly on average. Incomes for massage therapists are the same as in the overall category of Physical Therapy in Alaska, and not quite as good as the overall Physical Therapy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: licensed massage practitioner, masseuse, and licensed massage therapist.

There are four schools of higher education in the Anchorage area, including two within twenty-five miles of Anchorage where you can get a degree to start your career as a massage therapist. Massage therapists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become a massage therapist if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage Historic Properties Inc, and the Alaska Museum of Natural History.

CITIES WITH Massage Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Alaska


JOB DESCRIPTION: Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Every day, massage therapists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alaska

Alaska
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Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its biggest city is Anchorage. In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the The Imaginarium, the Anchorage Historic Properties Inc, and the Exhibit Support.