Marriage and Family Therapist Career Field

Marriage and family therapists spend their time working specifically with families and couples.  Marriage and family therapists use 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.
marriage and family counselor

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. Most states require marriage and family therapists 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 therapists in U.S. in 2008: $44,590

Top Colleges for Marriage and Family Therapy

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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