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Career and Education Opportunities for Massage Therapists in Portland, Maine

Massage therapists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Portland, Maine area. There are currently 730 jobs for massage therapists in Maine and this is projected to grow 14% to 830 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for massage therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.9% over the next eight years. Massage therapists generally massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

The average wage in the general category of Physical Therapy jobs is $16 per hour or $32,330 per year in Maine, and an average of $17 per hour or $34,933 per year nationwide. Massage therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: masseuse, medical massage therapist, and swedish masseuse.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can study to be a massage therapist, among twenty-three schools of higher education total in the Portland area. Given that the most common education level 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Massage Therapist Training

Seacoast Career Schools-Sanford Campus - Sanford, ME

Seacoast Career Schools-Sanford Campus, One Eagle Dr Ste 1, Sanford, ME 04073. Seacoast Career Schools-Sanford Campus is a small school located in Sanford, Maine. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 273 students. Seacoast Career Schools-Sanford Campus has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated thirty-six students in 2008.

Pierre's School of Cosmetology - Portland, ME

Pierre's School of Cosmetology, 319 Marginal Way, Portland, ME 04101. Pierre's School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Portland, Maine. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 315 students. Pierre's School of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

Intercoast Career Institute - South Portland, ME

Intercoast Career Institute, 207 Gannett Dr, South Portland, ME 04106. Intercoast Career Institute is a small school located in South Portland, Maine. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 163 students. Intercoast Career Institute has a one to two year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated twelve students in 2008.

Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook - Westbrook, ME

Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook, 100 Larrabee Road, Westbrook, ME 04092. Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook is a small school located in Westbrook, Maine. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 131 students. Spa Tech Institute-Westbrook has a less than one year program in Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage which graduated seventy-four 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 Practitioner

Licensing agency: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
Address: Office of Licensing and Registration, Attn: Geraldine Betts, Administrator, 35 State House Station, Gardiner Annex-Northern Avenue, Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Phone: (207) 624-8603
Website: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation Office of Licensing and Registration Attn: Geraldine Betts, Administrator

Massage Therapist

Licensing agency: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
Address: Office of Licensing and Registration, Attn: Geraldine Betts, Administrator, 35 State House Station, Gardiner Annex-Northern Avenue, Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Phone: (207) 624-8603
Website: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation Office of Licensing and Registration Attn: Geraldine Betts, Administrator

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.