Massage Therapists

6.3/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $20.97 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 30% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Manual Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Finger Dexterity
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Massage Therapists' job openings is expected to rise 32.2% by 2030
'Massage Therapists' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Massage Therapists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Massage Therapists' was $43,620, or $20.97 hourly
'Massage Therapists' are paid 4.0% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 85,040 people employed as Massage Therapists.
This represents around 0.06% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

SOC Code: 31-9011.00

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anika (No chance) says
becauseeeee how is steel and metal going to make massages feel good
Dec 28, 2020 at 08:46 AM
Greg Dahlen (No chance) says
think people want the interaction with another human
Oct 08, 2020 at 02:27 PM
Greg Dahlen says
Don't know if robots can do the tiny changes in hand movement that make a good massage
Oct 08, 2020 at 02:25 PM
Elle says
Robots could absolutely do this job. It would feel the same as regular fingers, pressure could be adjusted by voice requests, and as an added bonus it could likely analyze data while performing the massage to make medical recommendations such as how someone should stretch, moles they should have checked, or other health analysis to check for various conditions.
Mar 24, 2020 at 04:16 PM
Phil (Small chance) says
The human body works off of emotion and continual feedback to shape it. Even if a machine were to precisely target muscle tension and release it, it does not account for the mind-body influence. Maybe in the far future a direct electric connection to the brain might be possible, but not in the next 20 years. Even then, a robot does not offer the social support that is instrumental in the body's reaction.
Feb 12, 2020 at 08:23 PM
Monica League says
Massage therapies work is about human touch. Its make you feel more comfortable. Am not in the favor of robotics touch as its make your body more tired. Robots don't have feeling and they don't know anything about human touch.
Aug 02, 2019 at 09:17 AM
Sarah (No chance) says
Massage therapy would never be done by robots. So this job should never be taken over by robots or artificial intelligence.
Jul 02, 2019 at 03:00 AM
Vernon Burgess says
No robot will understand how to rehabilitate muscles, tendons, connective tissues, mitigate injuries. No way a robot will ever achieve that.
May 08, 2019 at 04:02 PM
Tony Giglio says
I disagree, they can learn ANYTHING.... they are already making cancer surgeries instead of surgeons and have better ways to indentify cancers.... and this is just the beginning...
May 09, 2019 at 05:55 PM
Mike says
Robotic massage will have some niches. We already have massage chairs of varying levels of sophistication, but they lack the human touch, the skin on skin contact that can also release endorphins and satisfy a primal urge to be groomed.
Mar 30, 2019 at 08:59 PM
Aleksi Korhonen says
There will always be demand for massage therapists and sex workers etc. You can't make skin-to-skin contact and pheromones artificially.
Mar 20, 2019 at 07:13 PM
Matthew Watson says
This occupation requires the human touch. A person would have to help others relax. While some tasks can be automated. Most of it will require someone to do the work
Mar 19, 2019 at 04:33 AM

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