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Old 05-13-2009, 05:06 PM
 
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After living in Milwaukee, WI for almost a decade, I believe this is the time in my life in which I need to make a huge spin at my early 40s. Im next to get my National Degree as a Massage Therapist and am seriously considering about moving from this place to Tampa. I was born in a country that is bordered by the sea in all its southern side, and was raised enjoying a 4 season weather. I understand that Tampa is very humid and hot, but I don't care. Id like to know if you know about the real possibilities for a recently graduated Massage Therapist to relocate and find a job in that market. Do you have any suggestions of particular areas in Tampa Bay where I could find a position easier? Thanks in advance for your kind feedback!

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Old 05-13-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Hi,

Wow! I have a friend in Milwaukee who has been a MT for over a decade now!!! Hope you loved where you went to school!!

I found information helpful at the following sites; Massage Therapists and State Boards Administrating Massage Practice Laws which will help you get licensed in FL.

I don't know the market in Tampa but would imagine that the biggest issue to being successful is the same everywhere and building a network is the biggest challenge. I've had good success with meetup.com - there are several networking groups to join there as well as yahoo boards, etc. Feel free to pm me for more help on networking..

As for a job - I did a google search on "massage therapist tampa" and came up with dozens of companies - I'd maybe sort through them; call them and see if they are hiring. Also, check with your school - they should have placement assistance even out of state.

Good luck!!
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Grandview Heights, Ohio
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Hello,

I am also a Massage Therapist and am moving to the Tampa area in the next month. Definitely check up on the requirements to get licensed in Florida. Chances are even with your National Board Certification, you are going to have to take a few more classes in Florida at one of their board approved schools.

Being from Ohio, I have 250 more credit hours than Florida requires but I STILL have to take a Florida Laws Class and was told that I must physically be present in one of their board approved schools. Kind of a bummer. And the lady wouldn't budge on being able to do it online! So it makes it difficult to get licensed there and get a job before moving. There are also 2 more classes that they want me to take but can do them online luckily. So in the mean time I'm getting a job at the hospital and will work on getting my massage license in my off time. (Shouldn't take too long since it's just a couple of classes.)

I am not sure how many credit hours you have in WI, but Florida requires 500 and you still will probably have to take those extra classes regardless. Good Luck with it all. I think doing Massage in Tampa can only be a good thing.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:10 AM
 
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Default Thank you!

Thank you both for your valuable suggestions, recommendations and ideas. I really appreciate your support. This is one of the many things I love about this country: how people are there to help you, just because they love to, not expecting anything in return.

I'll keep you updated if I have further questions!

Warmly,

SIMOUY
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Hello,

I am also new to Tampa, moved here from Michigan where i just graduated from Massage Therapy School. I take my National Certification Exam in a few weeks and was wondering how the job market is doing here in Tampa. I will have to check into these possible "extra classes" I read about- I have 600 hrs already but of course nothing on Florida Law.

Need to start working now before I have my liscence somewhere doing something. Would of course like to get my foot in the door in a professional office, even doing reception or something. I have 10 years previous management experience but am hoping to continue on the therapy path. I did aquatic therapy with a brian injured individual for many years and am still amazed at the enormous benefits of aquatic and hydro therapy.

New to Tampa and could use some direction!
All suggestion welcome!

Thank you

Massage Practitioner
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Hello,

I am also new to Tampa, moved here from Michigan where i just graduated from Massage Therapy School. I take my National Certification Exam in a few weeks and was wondering how the job market is doing here in Tampa. I will have to check into these possible "extra classes" I read about- I have 600 hrs already but of course nothing on Florida Law.

Need to start working now before I have my liscence somewhere doing something. Would of course like to get my foot in the door in a professional office, even doing reception or something. I have 10 years previous management experience but am hoping to continue on the therapy path. I did aquatic therapy with a brian injured individual for many years and am still amazed at the enormous benefits of aquatic and hydro therapy.

New to Tampa and could use some direction!
All suggestion welcome!

Thank you

Massage Practitioner
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