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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for massage therapists. There are currently 2,750 jobs for massage therapists in Arizona and this is projected to grow 13% to 3,110 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for massage therapists are expected to grow by about 18.9%. In general, massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

A person working as a massage therapist can expect to earn about $18 per hour or $37,660 yearly on average in Arizona and about $16 per hour or $34,900 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for massage therapists are better than earnings in the general category of Physical Therapy in Arizona and not quite as good as general Physical Therapy category earnings nationally. Massage therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: mechanotherapist, rolfer, and bodywork therapist.

The Phoenix area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including nine within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can get a degree as a massage therapist. The most common level of education for massage therapists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a massage therapist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER 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.

Massage therapists apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body. They also massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to furnish treatment for medical conditions or wellness maintenance. Equally important, massage therapists have to talk with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to establish how massage will be most helpful. They are often called upon to assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function and range of motion. They are expected to design and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used. Finally, massage therapists treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.

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

It is important for massage therapists to ready and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin. Somewhat less frequently, massage therapists are also expected to apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.

Massage therapists sometimes are asked to refer clients to other types of therapists when needed. They also have to be able to take care of treatment records And finally, they sometimes have to talk with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to establish how massage will be most helpful.

Like many other jobs, massage therapists must be reliable and have a strong concern for others.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Phoenix include:

  • Physical Therapy Aide. Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
  • Physical Therapy Assistant. Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Massage Therapist Training

Cortiva Institute-Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ

Cortiva Institute-Scottsdale, 8010 East McDowell Road #214, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Cortiva Institute-Scottsdale is a small school located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 172 students. Cortiva Institute-Scottsdale has a less than one year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated ninety-five students in 2008.

Arizona College of Allied Health - Glendale, AZ

Arizona College of Allied Health, 4425 W Olive Avenue Suite 300, Glendale, AZ 85302. Arizona College of Allied Health is a small college located in Glendale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 178 students. Arizona College of Allied Health has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated two students in 2008.

The Bryman School of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ

The Bryman School of Arizona, 2250 W. Peoria Ave. A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85029. The Bryman School of Arizona is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 682 students. The Bryman School of Arizona has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated seven and forty-three students respectively in 2008.

Pima Medical Institute - Mesa, AZ

Pima Medical Institute, 957 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202. Pima Medical Institute is a small school located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 883 students. Pima Medical Institute has a less than one year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated seventeen students in 2008.

Phoenix College - Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix College, 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Phoenix College is a large college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,917 students. Phoenix College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated twenty and eleven students respectively in 2008.

Apollo College-Phoenix Inc - Phoenix, AZ

Apollo College-Phoenix Inc, 8503 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051-4063. Apollo College-Phoenix Inc is a small college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 3,917 students and an admission rate of 99%. Apollo College-Phoenix Inc has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated 233 students in 2008.

Chandler/Gilbert Community College - Chandler, AZ

Chandler/Gilbert Community College, 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225-2499. Chandler/Gilbert Community College is a large college located in Chandler, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,409 students. Chandler/Gilbert Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated eight and two students respectively in 2008.

East Valley Institute of Technology - Mesa, AZ

East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. East Valley Institute of Technology is a small school located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 203 students. East Valley Institute of Technology has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated two students in 2008.

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts - Tempe, AZ

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 East Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is a small school located in Tempe, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,243 students. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has 2 areas of study related to Massage Therapist. They are:

  • Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage, less than one year and one to two year which graduated eighty-two and thirty-one students respectively in 2008.
  • Asian Bodywork Therapy, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Practitioners know that NCBTMB certification is much more than a credential.

For more information, see the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork website.

LICENSES

Massage Therapist (Certified)

Licensing agency: Massage Therapy, Board of
Address: 1400 West Washington Street, Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-8604
Website: Massage Therapy, Board of

LOCATION INFORMATION: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona photo by Urban

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.