Massage Jobs are becoming more available with the creation of the many massage franchises and many spas and resorts. Jobs in massage have only more recently become more popular. With jobs becoming more popular, more people are opening up spas and franchises and they are not a massage therapist and may not understand just what it takes to be a massage therapist. The majority of massage therapists will start their own business.
The thing you have to decide is what type of job would work best for you and your unique situation. You also need to understand the difference between and employee and being an independent contractor. You will need to do your research and figure out what employers best fit your image of an ideal job.
Franchises started in 2001 with the opening of Massage Envy. Everyday there are more Massage Envy’s opening and more and more people starting massage franchises like Massage Heights, Hand and Stone, LaVida and many more. Many of the franchise owners are not massage therapists except for in WA State where they are required to be a massage therapist or they will be operating illegally. (There are still some in WA that are not owned by Massage Therapists but no one seems to be going after them to make them comply.)
A franchise job is a great way to get experience and learn the ropes while you create your plan to start your own business. It can be a good part-time option to help you build your practice. It can also be a great way to supplement the family income, letting you come and go without the problems of being a business owner.
It isn’t for everyone. It can be great for many.
Chiropractor Massage Jobs
Chiropractors are also known for hiring massage therapists as massage complements their work very nicely. There are many good opportunities for massage therapists in working with chiropractors but you really need to know what you want and understand employment laws. Chiropractors are one of the types of employees who really need to be educated about what massage therapists do and also need to understand how/why massage works. They are taught that massage therapists can make them more money with less effort making it an appealing combination for them to have massage at their offices.
Salons, spas and resorts will also hire massage therapists to be a part of their team. The focus of the work is mainly relaxation but you will still need to be skilled in assessment and pathology to be able to work with the various conditions that people have.
The Problems in the Job Arena
While massage jobs are often advertised to massage students as a way to make $60 or more – that is just not realistic or true. You have to remember that massage schools are in the business of getting students into their schools.
The job market is really hit or miss as far as finding a really good job that fits you perfectly. Some of the things you will want to look for and negotiate with the employers are:
- Salaries and benefits. What you will be paid varies greatly depending on the job. Franchise jobs start at $15 an hour but you can negotiate more. You have to figure out what you need to make per hour/week/month and figure out how you will get that.
- Scheduling is often set up for you to do a 50 minute massage and be able to do an intake and change the table over with just the additional 10 minutes. Many employers are moving to the 50 min. massage because it just makes more sense efficiency wise. Why have 15 minutes in between sessions when at the end of the day, you really lose an hour or more that could be a paid session time.
- Non-compete clauses are controversial. It is unclear if they are actually legal in the massage profession. I do know that in the tech world when employees are asked to sign a non-compete clause it also comes with a bonus if they complete the agreed amount of time of not competing. For example, if someone signs a non-compete clause saying they won’t work in the area in a specific field for 2 years – at the end of the 2 years they will get 2 years of salary.
Know what you want and know your rights!
With so many controversial employers out there who seem to be just in it for the money and will take advantage of massage therapists, it is really important to know what you want in a job and be able to say no to a job that does not suit you.
It can be really scary to say no to a job when you need the money. You may have to take a less than ideal job to pay the bills while you look for another better job or work to open your own business. Just know that it is temporary.
Create your vision of an ideal job. Some things to think about before you start your job search:
- What do you desire in a job? Be really specific – what kinds of people do you want to be working with, what area of town, what kind of employer.
- Who do you want to work for? Research various companies, places or individuals to work for. Go in and get a massage already and see if you really want to work at this place. How do they treat you? Are the therapists skilled and knowledgeable?
- Study your potential employer and know all about them and what they do and figure out how you can help them succeed.
- What can you offer in the way of providing your services? What can you do for them?
- Forget about “a job”. Forget whether or not there is an opening. Forget the usual routine of “have you got a job for me?” Concentrate on what you can give.
When it comes to your job search, have a plan of action based on your vision of an ideal job.
- Create a professional resume.
- Figure out how to creatively contact employers.
- Create a plan and write a full brief on exactly what you will do and what your skills are and show them how you will help their business be a success.
- Ask for what you want.
- Teach employers how you want to be treated!
- Stand up and say NO to a job that doesn’t suit you and be responsible for your career.
Sometimes finding your ideal job and even creating a vision of what your ideal job is means that you will have to take some jobs that don’t suit you. Just find that out and go on to the next one. You don’t have to complain about bad jobs all over the internet. What is good for you may or may not be good for someone else.