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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists in New Orleans, Louisiana

Massage therapists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. Currently, 430 people work as massage therapists in Louisiana. This is expected to grow by 34% to 570 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.

Massage therapists earn about $11 per hour or $23,430 annually on average in Louisiana and about $16 per hour or $34,900 per year on average nationally. Earnings for massage therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Physical Therapy in Louisiana and not quite as good as general Physical Therapy category earnings nationally. Massage therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: rolfer, clinical massage therapist, and licensed massage therapist.

The New Orleans area is home to thirty-two schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of New Orleans 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 training to become 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 New Orleans 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

Delta College Inc - Covington, LA

Delta College Inc, 19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, LA 70433-8947. Delta College Inc is a small college located in Covington, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 125 students. Delta College Inc has a less than one year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

Blue Cliff College-Metairie - Metairie, LA

Blue Cliff College-Metairie, 3200 Cleary Ave, Metairie, LA 70002-5714. Blue Cliff College-Metairie is a small college located in Metairie, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 181 students. Blue Cliff College-Metairie has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated sixty-four and zero students respectively in 2008.

Delgado Community College - New Orleans, LA

Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119. Delgado Community College is a large college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 14,450 students. Delgado Community College has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated twelve students 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

Licensing agency: Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
Address: 12022 Plank Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70811-1031

Phone: (225) 771-4090
Website: Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana photo by Krakers

New Orleans is located in Orleans Parish County, Louisiana. It has a population of over 311,853, which has shrunk by 35.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in New Orleans, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in New Orleans cost $139,700 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, eight hundred eighty-two new homes were built in New Orleans, down from 1,026 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in New Orleans are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 26 minutes. More than 25.8% of New Orleans residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in New Orleans is 9.8%, which is greater than Louisiana's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of New Orleans residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.1%, is less than both the national and state average. All Saints Catholic Church, Iglesia Bautista Getsemani and Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in New Orleans. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

New Orleans is home to the Keller Market and the New Orleans Country Club as well as Harris Playground and Hardin Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Carrollton Shopping Center, Read Boulevard Shopping Center and Read Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to New Orleans can choose from Rampart Street Connection, Lafitte Guest House and HAMPTON INN & SUITES CONV CTR for temporary stays in the area.