Careers in Massage

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After completing the UWS Massage program, a you will be eligible to sit for state licensing exams and national certification exams. To qualify as a licensed massage therapist in Oregon, an applicant must meet the educational requirements, pass the Oregon practical exam, and pass a board approved written exam.

Massage therapy is a direct care field with clients usually scheduling appointments in advance. Client interaction and therapeutic contact play a vital role in massage therapy. Massage therapists must be personable and people-oriented, have a genuine interest in helping others and actively promote health and wellness. Nearly 85% of massage therapists operate in private practice; business, marketing and time management skills are vitally important for success. An entrepreneurial spirit is also beneficial.

Massage Therapists are employed in a variety of settings ranging from private practice, spas and wellness centers to fortune 500 companies, resorts, hotels and airports. Those specializing in therapeutic massage can work for hospitals and clinical offices such as chiropractic physicians, physical therapists, cancer clinics, naturopathic physicians, dental offices and more. According to the governments Occupational Outlook Handbook, career opportunities in massage will grow faster than average over the next 10 years.