This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

54.0% probability

of automation

23.5% growth

projected to 2026

160,300 employed

currently in the US

$44,480 annual wage

US, median ($21.39 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 54.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 311 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 160,300 people have this job. They earn $44,480 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $7,130,144,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $21.39.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 23.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 198,100 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).