A Career in massage therapy might be a good option for you. Many come to the massage profession later in life. The average age of massage therapists is around 45 years old. Since about 2005, AMTA has reported on the average age of massage therapists being in the mid-forties. More recently, younger people have been coming into the profession. AMTA 2022 industry report says that “Fifty-two percent of massage students were 30 or under in 2021.” At any age a career in massage can help change your life and the lives of others.
High School Graduates
In most states, the minimum age requirement to be able to go to massage school is 18 years of age. Choosing a two year associates program or even one of the few 4 year Bachelors programs might be more helpful when starting out at this age. When you go to massage school at that age, most graduates will then get a job in a massage franchises. You will start working at lower than usual wages, but will get the experience you need to succeed in a career in massage. You will need to get experience in dealing with clients and their health issues.
Many come to the massage profession looking for a more rewarding career after working in other fields like nursing, real estate, tech and other fields where everyone needed everything yesterday and the stress levels were very high. As most massage therapists also start their own business, this allows people coming from other careers with business and marketing skills to be able to start and run their own businesses. You will have more freedom to set your own hours and business policies. You will also be able to get higher paying jobs in high end spas, medical clinics and other places too.
Retiring and need/want to work
It is never too late to go to massage school. Schools are able to teach just about anyone how to become a massage therapist. Being a massage therapist in your retirement years can help supplement your income and provide you with meaning in your life. Helping others who are in pain and under stress is mostly rewarding and meaningful work.
At any age, a career in massage may be for you! Find a massage school!