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jae3
 jae3
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I am a paramedic with 7 years experience and my wife just finished school for massage therapy. We would like to know what the EMS system in VI pays and also if there are hiring opportunities for massage therapists, possibly outside of the resort and tourist areas? We would like to move down within the next year with our 1 year old son. Also, any insight on buying/renting a home would be nice as well.

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Posted : August 22, 2017 5:23 pm
East Ender
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Islander

The EMS system pays much less than whatever you are getting paid, I'm sure. The Daily News printed the government salaries a few years ago, but my copy is at work. Will try to look it up for you. Lots of massage possibilities.

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Posted : August 22, 2017 8:56 pm
jae3
 jae3
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Thank you so much.

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Posted : August 22, 2017 8:59 pm
Scubadoo
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Any particular island in mind?

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Posted : August 22, 2017 9:26 pm
jae3
 jae3
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We haven't decided, but my wife and I want to avoid the hustle and bustle lifestyle. So somewhere with a slower pace, but not secluded either.

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Posted : August 22, 2017 9:31 pm
pilatesgal318
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East Ender, I beg to differ with the "lots of massage possibilities" - that is completey dependent upon which island you are on! Having been a licensed massage/bodywork therapist in the VI for the past 11 years, I can say, first hand, that STT has a great deal of opportunities (resorts, private spas, outcall services, developing a personal practice, yacht work, etc.); STJ also has some opportunities with the resorts and private spas (as I have done some work there as well). STX has very little opportunity for therapists, from my experience - with the economy being what it is on island, massage therapy is one of the first 'luxuries' to go out the window. There are quite a few 'therapists' who also do either outcall services or work within their own homes, under the radar (meaning they are unlicensed in the VI, thereby charging much less per session than those of us who are licensed, pay our taxes, etc.). Jae3, if you (your wife) has any specific questions, feel free to pm me and I will be happy to try to help. East Ender, no offense to you at all - I just want to share my experiences as I believe them to be very valid!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : August 23, 2017 2:57 am
speee1dy
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Islander

sounds like stx might be the right fit. we have some resorts on island that offer massages. there is a lady that used to or still does go to peoples houses to give massages. that might be something to look into. if thats how you go it might be nice to be a vendor at one of the jump ups and offer 5 minutes for $5 massages. and dont be weak on the women. last time that service was at jump up the woman who did it did a horrible job because she just did a surface cheapy without any strength.

which ever island you decide , im sure you will enjoy it

We haven't decided, but my wife and I want to avoid the hustle and bustle lifestyle. So somewhere with a slower pace, but not secluded either.

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Posted : August 23, 2017 10:47 am
East Ender
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Islander

pilatesgal: No problem! I have no knowledge of St Croix, but I know that there are massage therapists all over St Thomas. What we need is someone doing pilates...;)

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Posted : August 24, 2017 12:20 am
pilatesgal318
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EE, I was one (of the two!) Pilates teachers on island for 8 years! Believe me, if it had not been for my husband's business on STX, I NEVER would have left STT!!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : August 24, 2017 1:54 am
East Ender
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Islander

Come back. Tell him to move his business here. :@)

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Posted : August 24, 2017 7:52 pm
East Ender
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Islander

Okay. I found the most recent salaries from the Daily News. This was in 2013, but I don't think government salaries have gone up much, if at all, because they are broke.
Those listed as EMS basic varied from $16,000 to $39,000. EMS Intermediate was $16,000 to $48,000. EMS paramedic $44,00- $50,000. There was one EMS Cardiac at $46,000, one training officer at $51,000 and the winner at $87,000 was the coordinator. And this article is old, but shows the depth of the problem of sexual harassment here is the VI: https://www.ems1.com/ems-management/articles/1942522-Virgin-Island-news-wins-award-for-coverage-of-EMS-problems/

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Posted : August 25, 2017 6:55 pm
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