Career Paths

massage therapist meeting with a client

As a graduate of the School of Massage Therapy, you’ll be prepared to practice in a variety of settings – at the very time the profession is rapidly growing. Northwestern also prepares you to obtain national massage therapy certification - an important professional credential to have when you are seeking employment.

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of settings:

  • Hospitals and hospices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Private practices
  • Athletic clubs
  • Professional sports teams
  • Massage franchises
  • Salons and spas
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Cruise ships and hotels

Growing demand for massage therapists

Employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 23 percent from 2012 to 2022 - faster than the average rate of growth for all occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Factors contributing to this increase include an increased awareness of the benefits of massage therapy for overall health and well-being; expansion of massage therapy services into workplaces, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities; and a rapidly expanding older population at risk for musculoskeletal and joint issues.

To achieve your career goals, we provide you with:

  • Diverse clinical traininga variety of settings, patients and providers
  • The necessary groundwork for employment – comprehensive business courses
  • Preparation for national massage therapy certification
  • Help with your employment search – career services office
  • Opportunities for networking and professional development – alumni programs
  • Ongoing skill building after graduation – continuing education courses

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