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TAFE NSW Meadowbank meeting growing demand for massage therapists

TAFE NSW Meadowbank meeting growing demand for massage therapists

TAFE NSW Meadowbank is helping to train the next generation of local massage therapists following a post-COVID jobs boom.

According to Jobs and Skills Australia, jobs in the industry are expected to grow 21% by 2026.

TAFE NSW Massage Therapy Teacher Karen Bailey says she has noticed a surge in enrolments for massage courses, with graduates of all ages in high demand among employers across Sydney.

“As more and more people seek massage therapy post-pandemic, there is a huge demand for qualified therapists and many of our students are securing jobs before they’ve even completed their course,” Ms Bailey said.

“Throughout our courses, students learn how to deliver a wide range of massage techniques including relaxation massage, remedial and sports massage, myofascial release, and lymphatic drainage. This places them in high demand from employers leading to a rewarding career in the health and wellness industry.

44-year-old career-switcher Kit Chadchanok, originally from Thailand, is one of many students joining the industry at the right time, having landed a job as a massage therapist right after graduating.

After completing the Diploma of Remedial Massage three months early, Kit now works as a Massage Therapist at City Cave Gladesville and Health Plus Chiropractic Clinic in Parramatta.

“I knew I wanted to change careers and massage has always been an interest of mine. I think everyone deserves better health – both mind and body – and I’m a big believer in the health and relaxation benefits of massage therapy,” Kit said.

“The course gave me the hands-on skills I needed to land a job in the industry straight away, and I haven’t looked back since.

“Being a Massage Therapist is so rewarding – the feeling of appreciation from my clients after I have treated them is definitely the best part of the job. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and make a difference to others.”

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