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Careers Involving Art & Psychology

More careers than you might expect combine art and psychology. Both disciplines require knowledge of the human mind in order to work effectively with consumers. Check out a few job options that draw from these fields.

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Career Options Involving Art & Psychology

They may not seem to go together, but it actually makes sense that the study of the human mind might go hand-in-hand with art, which stimulates the mind. Putting art and psychology together can make for a fun career. Look below at some good options for careers that combine these disciplines.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Recreational Therapist $46,410 12%
Graphic Designer $47,640 1%
Public Relations Specialist $58,020 6%
Anthropologist $63,190 (for all anthropologists and archaeologists) 4% (for all anthropologists and archaeologists)
Font Designer $47,640 (for all graphic designers) 1% (for all graphic designers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information Involving Art & Psychology

Recreational Therapist

Recreational therapists are trained to use psychology to help patients with a variety of physical and mental disorders, and they are also trained to combine psychology with art, music, or sports. Recreational therapists observe patients and make assessments, then plan treatment using art (arts and crafts, music, dance, and so on) or physical activity to help them cope with things like stress and depression. They typically need at least a bachelor's degree, and many employers like to see certification as well.

Graphic Designer

Since the goal of graphic designers is to create visual layouts to inform, inspire, or move consumers, they must possess some knowledge of how people think. They are trained to use computer layout software to piece together visual art displays, which are often used in product packaging, magazines, advertising, and so on. They need a bachelor's degree in the field and a portfolio displaying their skills and experience.

Public Relations Specialist

Public relations (PR) specialists ensure that their clients have a positive company image in the minds of their customers. They may work with advertising agents to evaluate the strength of advertising campaigns, which usually involve visual displays like graphic design artwork. They must also consistently take stock of public opinion and find ways to keep it favorable, which requires some understanding of how the mind works. PR specialists usually need at least a bachelor's degree in the field.

Anthropologist

Anthropologists study how people interact, both in ancient times and modern cultures. Biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropologists all study different aspects of human existence, but they are all in pursuit of understanding how humans have developed and why. In observing different cultures, both ancient and modern, anthropologists may encounter artwork that explains things, such as how language has developed over time. Therefore they use both art and psychology to make their conclusions. Anthropologists need a master's or Ph.D. and experience in the field.

Font Designer

A font designer employs both artistic technique and understanding of how people read to develop fonts. They usually work on a computer using software that allows them to play with the letters, such as using an electronic pen tablet. Designers must be aware of how their artwork will affect readers in order to produce a successful font. Font designers usually need a bachelor's in art or design.

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