We talk a lot about the costs and benefits of college degrees. As the mother of a young adult thinking about college, we’ve had more than one conversation about majors, schools, and career paths. We’ve discussed admission requirements, financial aid and college costs, but it wasn’t until today that we talked about how meaningful a college degree can be. It turns out that a degree in music therapy is one of the most meaningful you can earn. According to PayScale.com, 92% of music therapists surveyed found a high level of personal meaning in their work. In fact, music therapy ranked #3 in the 2017-2018 survey of meaningful degrees.
Why do MT-BCs (music therapists-board certified) find so much meaning in their work? The short answer is that we get to use music to help our clients meet their therapeutic goals. I makes for a pretty great day at work. As one medical resident said while shadowing me as part of a rotation, “It must be great to have a job where everyone is happy to see you arrive and sad to see you leave.” Yes, yes, it is.
If you’re looking for a meaningful degree and career, I hope you’ll think about music therapy.
P.S. You can read about pay as a music therapist, too.