Learn about the types of people who become massage therapists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
46% of massage therapists work in full-time roles while 54% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a massage therapist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming massage therapists at a ratio of 1.08 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
84% of massage therapists are female and 16% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a massage therapist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a massage therapist and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a massage therapist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of massage therapists are White, making up 69% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 10% and 9% respectively.