Marriage and Family Therapists

General Information

Description

Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, not for profit30.07%
  2. Private, for profit29.12%
  3. Self-employed25.92%
  4. State and local government11.22%
  5. Federal government3.68%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 8,500 openings for marriage and family therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$51,340

State-by-state Salary

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$79,100
$34,890
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 78%
  • First professional degree 9%
  • Doctoral degree 4%
  • Associate's degree 2%
  • Post-master's certificate 2%
  • Post-doctoral training 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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