Prepare for your Massage Career

Whether you’re just beginning your massage therapy education or approaching graduation, taking that next step after you complete your schooling can be daunting. Here is a quick check list to help you get started on the path toward launching your career after graduation.

1. Pass Your Licensure Exam

After all your education, you likely have a good handle on the study techniques that work best with your learning style. Make sure you continue to review concepts and topics from school regularly to avoid forgetting information before your licensure exam. AMTA’s Massage Exam Study App is a great tool to help maintain your knowledge. It’s perfect for studying on the go, and it’s FREE!

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2. Build Your Massage Therapy Resume

 A well thought-out resume is a great way to highlight your education and skills for potential employers.

Worried that you have limited massage experience? Highlight any customer service positions or volunteer roles that you have held. To help get you started visit AMTA’s Job Bank and use our easy Resume Builder. This tool takes you step-by-step in creating your resume and gives you the option to post it on our Job Bank so employers can find you!

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3. Hone Your Soft Skills

Soft skills are the personal attributes you need to interact with others effectively. From client communication to treatment room hygiene, these skills will help you build a strong base to grow your career.

Examples of soft skills include:

  •  Being an active listener. Your client needs your full attention so you can best understand what they are communicating.
  • Asking questions. Be careful not to interrupt and repeat what they are saying to help clarify anything you do not understand.
  • Using fresh linens with each client, every time. This includes towels, base and top sheets, blankets and face cradle covers.

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4. Build Your Free Website

As you grow in your career it is important to have a website for your business. This will allow potential clients to easily find and contact you. AMTA offers members a free website that includes a variety of templates, social media linking and mobile responsive designs.

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5. Adopt an Early Self-Care Routine

As a new massage therapist it is crucial that you understand how to take care of your mind and body. Starting your career off with good habits will ensure you can practice for years to come. Many issues of AMTA's Massage Therapy Journal focus on the essential techniques used by massage therapists to avoid burnout and fatigue.

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6. Create Your Online Profile on AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist National Locator Service

Significantly broaden your outreach to potential clients by creating a profile on Each year, hundreds of thousands of consumers search for a massage therapist using AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist® national locator service! When you renew as a Graduate member you can create your profile and start getting leads.

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7. Explore AMTA’s Continuing Education

AMTA’s library of online courses is a convenient way to enhance your knowledge and test your skills. Every course is rigorously vetted for quality standards. Earn between 1–4 CE hours.
Online Course Categories include: business, ethics, general massage courses, research, self-care and sports massage. AMTA members save up to 40% on online courses!

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As an AMTA member you will have the resources you need to graduate with confidence, become licensed and start your massage career. Take advantage of all these benefits and many more!

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Karen T., AMTA member since 2002