We surveyed 174 music therapists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Music therapists are artistic and social

Music therapists tend to be predominantly artistic individuals, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression. They also tend to be social, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a music therapist. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average music therapist break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of music therapists are openness and conscientiousness

Music therapists score highly on openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety. They also tend to be high on the measure of conscientiousness, which means that they are methodical, reliable, and generally plan out things in advance.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average music therapist: