Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses self-expression to improve people's well-being. Some art therapists work in a team with physicians, therapists, nurses and social workers while others work independently in private practices, notes ExploreHealthCareers.org.
Jobs in the art therapy field require a master's degree, according to the American Art Therapy Association. Therapists must understand theories of art therapy, counseling and psychotherapy. They often work with senior citizens, such as those with dementia. They work with children, including those with autism, and veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Art therapists can work in many healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.