The Massage Therapy Profession

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A little food for thought:

massage imageThe following is a compilation of data gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) from U.S. government statistics, surveys of consumers and massage therapists and recent clinical studies on the efficacy of massage. These data provide an overview of the current state of the massage therapy profession, public and medical acceptance of the value of massage and increasing consumer usage of massage therapy in the U.S.

  • In 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.1
  • AMTA estimates that in 2010, massage therapy was a $12-17 billion industry.2 Because of the economic situation in the country and some discounting among massage therapists to cope with the economy, in 2011, AMTA estimates massage therapy was a $10 to $11 billion industry.
  • It is estimated that there are 280,000 to 320,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.2
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2010, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than average for all occupations. However, this is one percentage point lower than their forecast in 2006.3
  • Between July 2010 and July 2011 roughly 38 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.4
1 Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2004) National Health Expenditure Projections 2004-2014.Barnes P, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin R. CDC Advance Data Report #34.
2 Data compiled by American Massage Therapy Association 2011.
3 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook
4 2011 and 2010 AMTA Consumer Surveys

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