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Published April 11, 2012, 05:44 PM

Fargo massage therapy business struggling to find qualified employees

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The massage therapy industry is growing every year. In Fargo, there are new establishments offering these services, popping up all over the city. But one business is finding it difficult to find licensed therapists.

The massage therapy industry is growing every year. In Fargo, there are new establishments offering these services, popping up all over the city. But one business is finding it difficult to find licensed therapists.

Massage Envy will be one of the newest massage businesses to call Fargo home. The national chain employs 20 to 30 therapists in all its 850 locations.

Kevin Seeger – Owner, Massage Envy: “When we open in a new market where there isn't a Massage Envy existing we go through a recruitment process and what we do is we get the clinic almost ready to open and then we start advertising.”

Kevin Seeger is the owner of this new branch. All his positions have been filled except maybe the most important. He has only hired 5 massage therapists so far.

Kevin Seeger: “We are going to be hiring another 15 and we have been working at it for about a week and a half now two weeks.”

The State of North Dakota requires every therapist be licensed. This means people must attend school before applying.

Kevin Seeger: “As a business that requires us to go through a process in hiring, so all of the folks all of the therapist that we look at that we hire have to go through a practical which is a ten minuet interview and 50 minute massage.”

The Minnesota School of Business graduates 8 to 10 massage therapists each quarter. So you may be wondering why it is hard for these new businesses to find therapists , directors here at the school say it is just to hard to keep up with the ever growing demand.

Megan Berg – Minnesota School of Business: “It is fantastic that there are so many different job opportunities, but we need more students so that we can be putting them out to fill those jobs.”

Since Megan Berg started as the Director of the Massage program about three years ago, the number of students enrolled in the program has jumped from 6 a year to nearly 50.

Megan Berg: “We are the second largest program on campus, so vet tech is probably about double our size, but we are the second largest.”

With the help from the school and an open house on Thursday, Seeger is hopeful every position will be filled when Massage Envy opens its doors the 20th.

That open house is for all massage therapists to check out the business on Thursday from 11 to 5. It’s on 13th avenue and 25th street south.

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