Although most states regulate massage therapy, standards and requirements to become a massage therapist vary by state. If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist, please contact your individual state board or regulating agency to determine the qualifications necessary to practice.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics' job outlook projects employment of massage therapists to grow 21 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will likely increase as more healthcare providers understand the benefits of massage and these services become part of treatment plans.

For more information, the following resources can help you in your decision and in better understanding the pathway toward becoming a practitioner:

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

American Massage Therapy Association

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals