Four things you should know before starting a career in massage therapy

If you are considering a career as a massage therapist, there are a number of things to bear in mind before you begin your studies.

The wellness industry continues to grow and massage therapy graduates are often offered some exciting job opportunities in the industry.*

1. It’s important to choose a course that is nationally recognised

When it comes to studying massage, there are a number of massage courses to choose from. We strongly recommend you choose a nationally recognised qualification.

Choosing a nationally recognised course means your qualification will be recognised Australia-wide, and if you decide to go on to study at University in a related field, you may be able to get credits or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you choose to do so as you will be eligible for credits of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In many cases, studying a nationally recognised qualification is also a requirement for association membership.

2. Remember to join an association

It is strongly recommended you join an association such as the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA), Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) or Massage and Myotherapy Australia (MMA). You can join as a student member while you are studying, and then upgrade your membership once you have completed your studies and received your qualification.

These associations are regulators within the massage industry and help to set the code of conduct and professional recommendations for their members. They also consult with government and professional organisations to increase recognition of massage as a complementary and allied service.

As a massage therapist, you are likely to find great benefit in joining an association as they offer support and guidance, and can also help you with employment and legal advice. Some associations can also provide discounts when it comes to obtaining professional insurance.

3. You should be prepared for physical work

A career as a massage therapist often requires long hours of demanding physical work, and it is important that you bear this in mind when you choose to study a massage course.

Once you have grown your client base or secured a job at a clinic, spa or wellness centre, you can expect to spend most of the day on your feet. The work involves constant movement, and you will need to lean over a massage table for extended periods of time.

4. Consider your career options

Once you have completed your studies and are a qualified massage therapist, you will need to decide what kind of work you are most interested in doing.

Fortunately for graduates, there is an ever-increasing focus on health and wellbeing with more and more people seeking complementary and alternative therapies.

Some possible career options include jobs in beauty and wellness; private practice; and multi-modality clinics where massage therapists work alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. We encourage our graduates to take a look at our job board to stay up-to-date with current career opportunities around the country.

To find out more about studying massage or to make an enquiry about one of our courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you might have about enrolling for our courses.

At Q Academy, we offer a wide range of online and on-campus qualifications and short courses. We have campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about our campus facilities, as well as our online clinic locations here.

To find a course that suits both your career goals and interests, please take a look at our course directory.

*Q Academy does not guarantee qualification, career or employment outcomes for students