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What Does it Take to Be a Therapist?

Therapist Definition All therapists not listed separately.

  • Health Therapist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Ear Specialist
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy

Job Opportunities for Therapists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 24,100 jobs in the United States for Therapist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 19.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,800 new jobs for Therapist by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,900 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Therapist are Colorado, Indiana, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Idaho, Alabama, or Maryland. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Therapist

The salary for Therapists ranges between about $32,600 and $95,650 a year.


Therapists who work in Kentucky, Nevada, or New Mexico, make the highest salaries.

How much do Therapists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $43,480
Alaska $60,250
Arizona $61,450
Arkansas $74,870
California $63,060
Colorado $60,800
Connecticut $63,960
Florida $48,610
Georgia $63,870
Illinois $55,150
Indiana $44,400
Iowa $54,920
Kentucky $90,900
Louisiana $47,440
Maryland $54,800
Massachusetts $76,860
Michigan $54,360
Minnesota $72,520
Mississippi $59,430
Missouri $57,120
Nebraska $44,980
Nevada $81,280
New Mexico $81,400
New York $72,900
North Carolina $50,670
North Dakota $60,890
Ohio $67,260
Oklahoma $66,600
Oregon $55,260
Pennsylvania $53,930
Rhode Island $72,120
Tennessee $45,200
Texas $57,640
Virginia $67,610
Washington $70,260
Wisconsin $42,650

Therapists Sector


Below are examples of industries where Therapists work:



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