Massage Therapists


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Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 33% of massage therapists are self-employed.

Major employers:

  • Spas and health clubs
  • Doctors' offices

Outlook

Demand for massage therapists will remain strong. More people are becoming interested in massage as a way to relieve stress and promote health. There will also be demand for massage therapists at full-service spas and salons. The aging population will increase the number of people with conditions that can benefit from massage therapy.

More naturopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and physicians will refer their patients to massage therapists. More insurance plans cover massage therapy.

Competition for jobs is very strong. Job prospects are best for those who are licensed and have experience.

Massage Therapists (CIS 100562)

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Illinois
5,085
Medium
&
20.4%
5.8%
>>>>
671
High
  Champaign Area
62
Medium
&
22.6%
7.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
57
Medium
&
17.5%
5.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Cook County
2,145
Medium
&
21.6%
5.6%
>>>>
287
High
  Decatur Area
45
Medium
&
-6.7%
7.0%
>>>>
5
Moderate
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
278
Large
&
25.5%
9.7%
>>>>
38
High
  Du Page County
627
Large
&
14.8%
5.4%
>>>>
77
High
  Edwardsville Area
123
Large
&
13.0%
5.1%
>>>>
16
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
29
Medium
&
20.7%
7.0%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
83
Medium
&
0.0%
5.2%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  Lake County
285
Medium
&
29.5%
8.6%
>>>>
41
High
  McHenry County
114
Medium
&
22.8%
6.8%
>>>>
16
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
71
Medium
&
22.5%
6.8%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Northwest Illinois Area
73
Medium
&
12.3%
3.6%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
157
Medium
&
39.5%
7.3%
>>>>
25
Moderate
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
61
Medium
&
31.1%
4.3%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Rock Island-Moline Area
60
Medium
&
11.7%
5.7%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Rockford Area
132
Medium
&
21.2%
7.6%
>>>>
18
High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
33
Medium
&
33.3%
2.4%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Springfield Area
98
Medium
&
10.2%
4.7%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
146
Large
&
20.5%
6.4%
>>>>
19
High
  Vermilion County
14
Small
&
7.1%
4.9%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Will County
385
Large
&
20.3%
9.1%
>>>>
51
High
United States
159,800
Large
&
22.2%
5.2%
>>>>
24,200
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.