Marriage and family counselor

marriage counselorMarriage and family counselors spend their time working specifically with couples and  families.  Marriage and family counselors used family systems and theories to help treat mental and emotion disorders impacting all members of a family group. They help members of a family to change their perceptions and behaviors. They help to prevent family crises and divorce. They may work with individuals, families, couples, and groups.

Education Requirements

Master’s Degree in Counseling, Educational Counseling, or Similar Field

The educational requirements for counseling vary by the type of counseling being done and also the state where one wishes to work. All states require marriage and family counselors serving the public to have a master’s degree and a state license. Most master’s degree counseling programs require 48 to 60 semester hours of graduate work. They often also include a required supervised clinical course where students actually get firsthand experience working in the counseling field.


Counseling Techniques
Clinical mental health counseling
Social and cultural diversity
Group work
Human growth and development
Marriage counseling

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 27,300
Projected Employment in 2018: 31,300
Average Annual Salary for marriage and family counselors in U.S. in 2008: $44,590

Top Colleges

University of Phoenix
Capella University
Walden University
Kaplan University
Northcentral University

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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