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Current Massage Therapy Career Outlook

The massage therapy industry is about making people feel better and provides its work force with the opportunity to pursue a career in a variety of locations. Today there are over 80 types of treatments available to massage therapists giving them numerous ways to provide relief to their customers.

Nationally, as an industry, the job outlook for massage therapists is good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.”

Part of this grow comes from the increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years to keep up with the growing demand for massage services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 26 percent between 2016 and 2026, adding 42,100 more professionals to this field.

Job Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in those states that regulate massage therapy, there should be opportunities available to those students who take and complete recognized programs and pass the state exams.

2017 Median Pay

$39,990 per year

$19.23 per hour

Number of Jobs, 2016 160,300
Job Outlook, 2016 -26 26% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016 to 2026 42,100

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics*