National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) Career Services Director Says Job Openings Indicate High Demand for Licensed Massage Therapists

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National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) Career Services Director Says Job Openings Indicate High Demand for Licensed Massage Therapists

Never in the history of our school has it been more important for graduates to achieve state licensure

Based on the number of current massage therapist job openings on file with the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) Career Services department, the employment outlook appears promising for graduates of NMTI’s Mid-Atlantic massage schools.

“One of my primary responsibilities is to provide quality Licensed Massage Therapists to NMTI’s vast employer network. However, I face a unique problem in accomplishing this goal, because I continue to have more job openings than therapists to fill these roles,” said Scott Deidun, National Director of Career Services and Certification for NMTI. “We have strong graduation rates, and our graduates are getting hired en masse – yet we still strive to accommodate the needs of area employers.”

This demand reflects a national trend, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that massage therapist employment will grow 20% between 2010 and 2020 – faster than the average for all occupations.(1) Deidun calls attention to the fact that Bureau of Labor Statistics records show that average massage therapist salaries outpace those of many other allied health jobs.(2) Job growth and median salaries also contributed to massage therapist being included in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Jobs 2012” rankings, where it was listed among the top 10 jobs in healthcare.(3)

Deidun noted that as massage therapy continues to grow and evolve as a career, NMTI continues to evolve right along with it based on feedback from industry experts and Advisory Committee members. “Never in the history of our school has it been more important for graduates to achieve state licensure,” he explained. “To that end, we have included more than 30 additional hours of test preparation in our curriculum so our students and graduates will have the tools necessary to become successful in their chosen career field. And I am proud to report that graduates of our Falls Church, Virginia massage school are consistently scoring higher on the national certification exam than the national average.”

At the Falls Church/metropolitan Washington, D.C. massage school, Deidun reports that he currently has more than 100 open massage therapy positions on record. Many of the job openings are with the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States, Massage Envy. In the D.C. metropolitan area alone, Massage Envy has more than 30 locations, and they continue to grow.

The greater D.C. region is one of the top districts in the country for Massage Envy. In 2010, owners Stephen Vereb and Henry Kim were awarded Massage Envy Multi-Unit Franchisees of the Year, and Mike Fitzgerald received the New Clinic Franchisee of the Year award. Additionally, for 2011, Charles and Nubia Fisher received the Multi-Unit Franchisees of the Year award. David DiLucente and Susan Rice received the 2011 Spa Franchisee of the Year award, and are also members of the greater D.C. region.

Massage Envy’s newest location is going to be opening in Vienna, Va., during the month of May. NMTI graduate Luisa Rivera is going to be the manager of the location, while Kelly Grzankowski, also an NMTI graduate, will be the assistant manager. Juan DelaTorre, another NMTI graduate, was recently flown to Arizona for the Annual Franchise Conference, where he was recognized as the Massage Envy Regional Therapist of the Year – the highest honor a therapist could receive. Massage Envy is the nation’s and world’s largest employer of massage therapists, with more than 765 locations in the United States.

“We could not be more proud of our graduates, and the impact they are having in their new careers,” said Deidun. “I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a massage therapist, learning skills that are in demand and helping me fill one of the many open massage therapy jobs to contact NMTI today. Classes are starting soon at all four of our Mid-Atlantic massage school campuses, which means new students can begin the program in a matter of days or weeks.”

To learn more about the National Massage Therapy Institute – including its metropolitan Washington, D.C. massage school in Falls Church, Va., as well as its campuses in Philadelphia, Pa.; Wilmington, Del.; and Egg Harbor Township/Atlantic City, N.J. – visit or call 800-509-5058.

About the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI)
The National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) has a singular focus and passion: professional massage therapy training. The school’s Massage Therapy programs have been carefully crafted by industry experts and aim to produce highly qualified massage therapists to meet the industry’s growing demand. NMTI is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). NMTI has four convenient locations in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.; Falls Church, VA.; Wilmington, DE; and Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

1 United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics “Massage Therapists.” Occupational Outlook Handbook; published online April 5, 2012.
2 United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics “Healthcare Occupations.” Occupational Outlook Handbook; published online March 29, 2012.
3 Graves, Jada A. “Best Jobs: Healthcare.” U.S. News & World Report; published online February 27, 2012.

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