What is the job market like in Georgia for art therapy, and how can I go about finding a job?
The job market in Georgia is variable. At times, we have art therapists actively looking for jobs. At other times, we have agencies actively looking for art therapists, with no one available to fill those positions. One thing for sure is that most GATA members are aware of what jobs are available. Being a member of GATA provides you opportunities to explore the job market by networking with other art therapists at our meetings as well as posting your job search requests via our listserv. We post news of art therapy jobs on our listserv as we become aware of them. You can also click on the Opportunities page under Jobs to see if any positions are listed. Sometimes getting in the door at a facility by doing an internship, volunteering, or taking a related position such as a mental health counselor, leads the way for you to develop an art therapy position. Try sending out resumes to various facilities requesting information interviews wherein you go tour the facility, meet staff and talk about what you do as an art therapist, and of course, leave a resume. (This GATA member got her first art therapy job this way!) The United Way's Community Resource Database is a comprehensive guide to a great number of facilities in Georgia. You can access it by visiting http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org/. This is a great starting place for sending out resumes. Lots of art therapists have creatively made art therapy jobs--come spend some time with us and learn how!