Industry Facts - Massage Therapy Careers

Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and has become widely accepted by both the public and the medical community. No longer just an enjoyable pastime and means to relieve stress, massage has become an important component in treating many types of injuries and medical conditions and enhancing athletic performance.

As alternative medicines continue to become central to American healthcare, the demand for professional massage therapists will continue to increase.*

Some facts:

  • According to the American Massage Therapy Association, an average of 18 percent of adult Americans received at least one massage between July 2010 and July 2011.
  • Nearly 50 percent of consumers said they have considered a massage to manage stress in the last year.
  • Second only to medication, massage was cited in a survey as providing the most relief.
  • Consumers now spend between $4-6 billion annually on visits to massage therapists.
  • Doctors and consumers are increasingly turning to massage as an adjunct to regular health practices.
  • For additional information, please visit our Fact Sheet (PDF)

Massage therapy qualifications
Forty-three states, plus the District of Columbia, regulate massage therapy. Therapists who wish to practice in their state must meet legal requirements. This may include passing an exam or logging a minimum number of training hours. For states that don’t regulate, oversight may fall to local municipalities.

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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition