Music Therapists

Music therapists treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities. They use the creative process of music in their therapy sessions to determine the underlying causes of problems and to help patients achieve therapeutic goals. The specific objectives of the therapeutic activities vary according to the needs of the patient and the setting of the therapy program. There are approximately 18,640 recreational therapists, including music therapists, employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Use music to treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities in metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Supervising Music Therapist or College Professor
  • Experienced Music Therapist
  • Entry-Level Music Therapist

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