I'm a licensed massage therapist. Not sure how much I made last year, I'm still waiting on some 1099, but def not as much as I made the year before, which was 40k on the books, if I had to guess maybe 8k in cash tips.
Pros, you make people feel better, and it's a job where your is really really appreciated. I love love love getting hugs from people, almost as much as I love a big tip but really it's a great feeling being appreciated, I usually get told Im awesome or amazing a few times a day. You just can't put a price on that.
Cons, it's really hard on your hands, well it can be. It's def a physical job, but for me that's also a pro, I'd hate sitting behind a desk. This job, to make good money, you HAVE to be good, you need repeat clientele. The most expensive thing for an LMT is an empty massage table. We don't get paid hourly, we get paid per massage. So when you switch jobs it takes a few months to build up clientele and really start making some $$. That's where I ran into problems last year.
Another pro, this a business where you can work for yourself, which that's the plan for me. Within the next couple years I want to open my own business. I want to go back to school first and get an esthetician license so I could do facials, waxing, body scrubs. Offer more services and he more competitive.
My sister wants to be a massage therapist, is there like anything in special she shluld learn? I mean classeswise or well idk really.