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Music Therapists

Plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.   (O'Net 29-1125.02)

 
Reported job titles:   Board Certified Music Therapist, Clinician, Community Music Therapist, Director of Music, Director of Music Therapy, Director, Private Music Therapy Agency   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Recreational Therapists which includes:
                          - Art Therapists
                          - Music Therapists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.74   $ 14.60   $ 21.29   $ 25.86   $ 28.94   $ 20.70  
    Yearly $26,500   $30,370   $44,280   $53,790   $60,190   $43,050  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.80   $ 15.98   $ 21.58   $ 24.89   $ 28.29   $ 20.55  
    Yearly $24,540   $33,230   $44,880   $51,780   $58,840   $42,750  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.73   $ 18.84   $ 24.23   $ 27.40   $ 30.44   $ 23.34  
    Yearly $32,720   $39,200   $50,410   $56,990   $63,310   $48,560  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.44   $ 13.27   $ 14.66   $ 22.69   $ 26.74   $ 17.92  
    Yearly $25,870   $27,600   $30,490   $47,190   $55,620   $37,270  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Recreational Therapists which includes:
                                  - Art Therapists
                                  - Music Therapists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 69 72 0.4% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Recreational Therapists which includes:
                                - Art Therapists
                                - Music Therapists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 35.0%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 29.6%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 9.1%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 7.8%
    Social assistance 5.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Adapt existing or develop new music therapy assessment instruments or procedures to meet an individual client's needs.
     
  • Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of specific treatments or therapy approaches.
     
  • Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for therapy.
     
  • Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
     
  • Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
     
  • Communicate with clients to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to musical experiences.
     
  • Confer with professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
     
  • Customize treatment programs for specific areas of music therapy, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities, educational settings, geriatrics, medical settings, mental health, physical disabilities, or wellness.
     
  • Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.
     
  • Design or provide music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Music Therapists  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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    Work Activities
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    Interests
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  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Music Therapists  updated July 2013
     


    Work Styles
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    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Music Therapists
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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