Career Advancement


A number of massage professionals choose to pursue related medical professions. These may include acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and physical therapy. Many choose to specialize within certain practices or modalities, such as Thai massage, acupressure and lymphatic drainage.

In accordance with state licensure requirements, each massage practitioner must show a total of at least 24 continuing education (training) hours every two years. Continuing education is often where Massage Practitioners will learn and begin to practice specialty options. The Washington State chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association is the primary resource for massage professionals to find out about continuing education options in addition to many other current topics.

Throughout the massage practitioner program at Whatcom, your instructors will be able to explain professional options by sharing their years of training and experience.

Find out more about the state and the future of the massage profession in this industry fact sheet made available by the American Massage Therapy Association.

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