Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients’ physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.
Common job titles of Art Therapists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
76.19% said they needed a Master's Degree.
23.81% said they needed a Post-Master's Certificate.
Instruct individuals or groups in the use of art media, such as paint, clay, or yarn.
Develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate studio art therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy techniques.
Observe and document client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to art therapy.
Interpret the artistic creations of clients to assess their functioning, needs, or progress.
Gather client information from sources such as case documentation, client observation, or interviews of client or family members.
Establish goals or objectives for art therapy sessions in consultation with clients or site administrators.
Write treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.
Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.
Conduct art therapy sessions, providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from, or cope with, cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
Talk with clients during art or other therapy sessions to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to the artistic process.
Teach art therapy techniques or processes to artists, interns, volunteers, or others.
Supervise staff, volunteers, practicum students, or interns.
Select or prepare artistic media or related equipment or devices to accomplish therapy session objectives.
Confer with other professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
Assess client needs or disorders, using drawing, painting, sculpting, or other artistic processes.
Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for art therapy.
Review research or literature in art therapy, psychology, or related disciplines.
Customize art therapy programs for specific client populations, such as those in schools, nursing homes, wellness centers, prisons, shelters, or hospitals.
Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of treatments or therapy approaches.
Recommend or purchase needed art supplies or equipment.
Conduct information sharing sessions, such as in-service workshops for other professionals, potential client groups, or the general community.
Photograph or videotape client artwork for inclusion in client records or for promotional purposes.
Coordinate field trips for client groups to museums or other public displays of art.
Coordinate art showcases to display artwork produced by clients.
Hot glue guns
Digital still cameras
Digital camcordersAll Tools
Digital audio recorders
Computer data input scanners
35 millimeter cameras
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
IBM SPSS Statistics
Trimble SketchUp Pro
Appointment scheduling software
Case management softwareAll Technologies
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.