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Get your hands on a new career in massage therapy that will pay $18 an hour

Posted at 12:08 PM, May 02, 2019
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Get your hands on a new career that pays $18 an hour in just 10 months! Trocaire College now offers a licensed massage therapy program that's more streamlined to get you into a job.

This program is now the fastest path to massage therapy certification in Western New York. Graduates are eligible to take the New York State board license exam. A two-year associate's degree in applied science is also available after the 10-month program as a stackable credential. More than 90% of students receive financial aid.

Massage therapy is a fast-growing industry, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting job growth at 26% over the next decade. Median pay is listed at $41,420 a year.

"It's a great option for second-career seekers, it's so flexible and there are so many options of where you can land," says Dr. Rachel Ersing, Massage Therapy Program Director at Trocaire College. Ersing says while many people think of spas and salons for massages, the program focuses a lot on massage in the medical field. People interested in healthcare but uninterested in blood or emergency situations may find a good path in massage therapy. "It's so rewarding because you're actually helping people every session. Emotionally and physically, there's a difference at the end of the day," says Stephanie Knapp, a licensed massage therapist.

The Trocaire College 10-month program offers a dependable schedule with no evenings or weekends. It includes clinical hours and externships. You can find more information here.