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The profession of massage therapist came in at number 8 on the list of 2012's Best Jobs: Healthcare, complied by U.S. News & World Report. Each year, the publication compiles a list of best careers based on the U.S. Labor Department's employment projections.
"An increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years underscores a growing demand for massage services," read a report on the publication's website. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapists employment growth of 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more professionals to the 153,700 jobs currently in thisfield."
The publication's list of top health care jobs for 2012 is:
#1: Registered Nurse
#3: Medical Assistant
#4: Physical Therapist
#5: Occupational Therapist
#6: Clinical Laboratory Technician
#8: Massage Therapist
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for massage therapists was $34,900 in 2010," the report noted. "The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $69,000, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $17,970."
The top three jobs out of all categories were, in descending order, Registered Nurse, Software Developer and Pharmacist.