The health care industry—chiropractic offices, hospitals, clinics and other venues—offers employment opportunities for massage therapists, according to a report by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) released at its annual AMTA Massage Schools Summit held in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 7-8.

According to the report:

• Overall, health care industry employment grew 2 percent higher in 2012 over that for 2011, to 17 million

• The category of outpatient care centers, which includes massage therapists, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, experienced a 5.8 percent growth in the past year

• Twenty-seven percent of massage therapists reported working in a health care setting in 2012, including:

– Nineteen percent of massage therapists reported working in a chiropractic office or integrated health care clinic

– Eight percent of massage therapists reported working in a hospital, medical office or clinic

• Slightly less than 29 percent of massage therapists reported working in health care settings in 2011.

The report was based on four surveys conducted for AMTA in recent months, along with data from government agencies. The research also shows that consumers accept the value of massage therapy as part of health and well-being.

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