Over the years I have met several people who have attended school to learn Massage Therapy as a career. Guess where I met the bulk of them. At work. My work, not giving massages. Even the ones who give massages on the side still have a fulltime job somewhere else, you know, to pay off $10K in loans to the massage school.
The unlucky guy I mentioned said he met his wife while they both attended massage school. Neither of them do massage for income. I told him, "At least you got a wife out of school. That has to be worth something."
I know the schools like to sell the idea of a career on a cruise ship or at a vacation resort and that some people may actually do that, but I'm getting the impression that people who support themselves this way are few and far between. I would be curious to know the ratio of jobs performing massages and the number of students who attend the schools for this career. I guess the numbers are heavily lobsided.
I conclude that massages are much more effective for finding a life partner than they are for a stable living. You can keep your $10K.