The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the massage therapy industry will experience a growth rate of 20% between 2006 and 2016, leading to 24,000 new massage therapy jobs nationwide. Oklahoma massage therapists can expect to see a similar increase in employment opportunities as demand for professional massage therapy services increases in Oklahoma as well.
Wage survey data collected and reported on by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Oklahoma shows that Oklahoma massage therapists were making a mean annual wage of $22,690 at that time. It is also important to keep in mind that most massage therapists are self-employed and adhere to a part-time work schedule.
There are currently no laws or regulations governing the massage therapy industry on a statewide level in Oklahoma. However, prospective massage practitioners must adhere to the requirements of local jurisdictions, which often are similar to the requirements put forth by most states. This can include 500 or more hours of massage therapy education and training, passing written or practical examinations, or becoming certified in CPR or First Aid. Also, it is important to note that most states regulate massage therapists and professional massage associations are pushing for all states to enact regulatory legislation. This means that Oklahoma may, at some point, begin to enforce statewide mandates for massage therapists.
To begin your Oklahoma massage therapy career, browse through the schools listed below to find the massage program for you.