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202 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
456 Master's Degrees Annually
#61 in Popularity
$57,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Art Therapy Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many art therapy/therapist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 456
Bachelor’s Degree 202
Undergraduate Certificate 33
Basic Certificate 8
Doctor’s Degree 7
Graduate Certificate 5

What Art Therapy Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to art therapy were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Art Therapy Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - 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.

Skills for Art Therapy Majors

When studying art therapy, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Art Therapy Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a art therapy student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Art Therapy Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with art therapy:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Therapists 19.9% $50,980

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy?

202 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
98% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 98% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of art therapy majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Art Therapy Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 149
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Art Therapy appeals to people across the globe. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Art Therapy Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Art Therapy majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $57,680 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with art therapy may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for art therapy careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 12.5%
Master’s Degree 35.9%
Doctoral Degree 24.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 19.1%

Online Art Therapy Programs

In 2018-2019, 78 schools offered a art therapy program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 32 2
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Art Therapy Worth It?

The median salary for a art therapy grad is $57,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 45% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $355,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to art therapy.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Therapy/Therapist 12,865
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 9,142
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1,232
Rehabilitation Science 1,164
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1,079
Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 1,062
Music Therapy 655
Orthotist/Prosthetist 333
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist 144
Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering 104
Dance Therapy/Therapist 37
Animal-Assisted Therapy 31

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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