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Music Thanatologist

Music Thanatologist

Career Advice on How to Become A Music Thanatologist

You have probably never heard of Thanatology or the Greek god Thanatos for which it is named. But Thanatology is the academic study of death.  This can mean studying death from a religious, psychological or anthropological perspective.  There are numerous degrees in Thanatology offered a around the world.  That stated, Thanatology and what music thanatologists do should not be confused.  A music thanatologist uses music to ease the pain of the dying.  If you are thinking that this sounds depressing, then you are not alone.

Career Facts:

Obviously, those who are in the midst of career planning or a job search should realize a few key facts.  One, you need to know how to play the harp.  Saying to a dying patient, “Ah look man, this is only my third day on this thing, let’s just see what we can do here,” is probably not going to score you too many points.

If you are looking for a truly unique job that does intend to help people, and you know how to play the hard then a music thanatologist might be a possibility.  It is important to note that learning to play the harp well, like most musical instruments, does take years of practice and training. 

Career Opportunities and Job Outlook- Unknown:

While it’s tough to say what the future holds for the music thanatologist it is difficult to see the career catching on.

A Day in The Life:

A music thanatologist uses a harp; yes a harp, to help ease the pain of those going to the “other side.”  If things seem so grim that you need someone to play a harp for you, well, it is rough indeed.  If you do end up working as a music thanatologist, just make certain that someone knows you are coming ahead of time.  Otherwise someone might truly think that the angel of death has dropped by for a visit.

Average Salary:

The hourly rate for music thanatologist varies.

Career Training and Qualifications:

Anyone looking to become a music thanatologist better play one mean harp.

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