Economy provides inspiration for more fulfilling careers

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(ARA) – As unemployment rises, many Americans are realizing the importance of having a career that’s fulfilling as well as lucrative. When layoffs are announced, many people feel they have nothing left to lose, and take the opportunity to pursue what they love. This has fueled a growth in the number of people going back to school to become massage therapists — a career with strong job security and great potential.

Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase up to 20 percent by 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In mid 2008, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, at least 45 percent of women and 21 percent of men reported having a massage during the past five years. And as economic stress increases, consumer demand for relaxing and revitalizing services such as massage therapy rises. Eighty-eight percent of adults agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain and 87 percent think that massage is beneficial to health and wellness.

According to the AMTA, the average massage therapist is most likely to enter the profession as a second career and is in their early 40s, making massage therapy classes and programs a comfortable place for people changing paths mid career.

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