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Is Washington a good place for a Massage Therapy career?

Known for its elaborate state park's system, Washington can be a relaxing place to live. With over 100 parks, the state has plenty of room for residents of Washington and for the many visitors who come to the state each year to roam and enjoy themselves. Think of an outdoor activity and chances are you can try it in one Washington's state parks. Some of the most popular of these activities are hiking, biking, sailing, camping, swimming and picnicking. The state park system in this west coast state was created in the early 20th century (1913) and has grown steadily, making it not only one of the oldest state park systems in the U.S., but also one of the largest in the country.

There is no doubt that for most people that Washington can be a great place to live and play, but how does the economy look for massage therapists living and working in the state? Across the country virtually every state is showing projections that predict the expansion of massage therapy jobs. Does this trend hold true for the state of Washington? While the unemployment rate in the state increased my 4 percent to 8.9 percent during the three-year period from 2006 to 2009, the massage therapy occupation is moving in the opposite direction, reflecting what we are seeing in the rest of the country.

In 2009 there were an estimated 2,330 massage therapists in the state of Washington. That was quite an increase over the number of working massage therapists in the state in 2005. In that year there were an estimated 1,550 massage therapists working in the state. The nation is projected to see approximately a 33 percent increase in the demand for massage therapists and the demand in Washington shouldn't be far behind. Massage therapists can find jobs in hospitals, spas, rehabilitation centers and in private practices. Many young people graduating from high school are choosing to pursue a career in massage therapy. With over 80 different types of known massages, massage therapy offers much variety and many possible areas of study.

Massage therapist students should expect to treat clients in professional settings or travels to clients' offices and homes. They may also be required to blend oils in prelude to using the oils during massage. Not all massage requires the use of oils. Therapy students should also expect to knead and manipulate muscles and soft tissues as a means of treating illnesses, medical conditions and injury. These methods may also be used to promote wellness.

Now it's time to answer the question: Is Washington a good place for a massage therapy career? Well, the answer certainly seems to be, yes, Washington is a great place to start a massage therapy career. The state has a lot to offer in terms of recreation, including the state parks. However, Washington also has one of the most recognizable cities in the country, Seattle. And as the numbers show, the job market for massage therapists in the state is excellent. What more come you ask for in a place in which to live and work?