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Family Therapists

Family therapists provide counseling to families or couples that want help with solving conflicts, changing behavior or improving communications. They provide counseling to the entire family or sometimes with individual family members.

A family therapist uses family systems theory, principles and therapeutic techniques to improve communication and understanding among family members and to modify's client's perceptions and behavior. They try to prevent family or individual crises.

While counseling couples that are considering a divorce, marriage and family therapists strive to determine the underlying reasons for the divorce and determine if reconciliation is possible.

Marriage counselors typically provide counseling sessions that include both the husband and wife. However, sometimes they will talk with the husband and wife separately. Marriage counselors also provide counseling to groups of married couples, groups of wives and groups of husbands.

Responsibilities

  • Encourage family members to develop and use strategies and skills for dealing with problems in a constructive manner
  • Collect information about clients via interviews, tests, observations and discussions
  • Make referrals to psychiatric resources
  • Maintain case files
  • Ask appropriate questions to help clients identify their feelings and behaviors
  • Determine if clients should be referred to other specialists
  • Develop plans with clients for post-treatment activities
  • Follow up with clients to determine the effectiveness of counseling

Job Characteristics

Marriage and family therapists often have flexible hours in order to accommodate families in crisis or working couples who need evening or weekend counseling sessions. Those working for agencies, particularly marriage counselors, usually work two or three evenings per week. They provide therapy sessions which last for approximately one hour.

Family therapists need excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They need to be attentive, considerate and sometimes critical in order to accomplish objectives.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 30 percent growth from 2006 to 2016 for employment of marriage and family therapists which is much faster than average for all occupations. The average annual earnings for marriage and family therapists in 2008 was $44,590. Some of the highest paid marriage and family therapists are self-employed counselors with well-established practices and those employed by state government, and general medical and surgical hospitals.

Family therapists have opportunities to work as directors of agencies and departments. Some therapists advance by achieving a doctorate or by completing additional postgraduate courses. Experienced counselors have opportunities to work as teachers and trainers of new counselors.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Educational requirements for family therapists vary depending on State licensure and certification requirements. Typically, marriage and family counselors need a master's degree in counseling or in marriage and family therapy along with two years or three thousand hours of supervised clinical experience. They also need to pass state recognized exams. Some states require counselors in public employment to have earned a master's degree and some states require a bachelor's degree with appropriate counseling courses.

Usually, coursework in a marriage and family therapy master's degree program includes counseling therapy and practice, research and evaluation in psychology, clinical applications of human development and family therapy theories.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employment sectors are individual and family services, State government, local government, outpatient care centers, health clinics, institutions, private practices and hospitals.

Schools for Marriage And Family Therapists are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Marriage and Family Therapists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Marriage and Family Therapists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 50 $41,200
Birmingham 50 $41,200
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1080 $47,160
Scottsdale 1080 $47,160
Mesa 1080 $47,160
Tucson 480 $43,240
Prescott 90 $64,180
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 4080 $50,330
Long Beach 4080 $50,330
Anaheim 4080 $50,330
Oakland 1590 $57,650
Hayward 1590 $57,650
San Francisco 1590 $57,650
Carlsbad 1160 $48,020
San Diego 1160 $48,020
San Bernardino 840 $56,100
Riverside 840 $56,100
Ontario 840 $56,100
Arcade 400 $47,440
Arden 400 $47,440
Sacramento 400 $47,440
Roseville 400 $47,440
Santa Maria 150 $55,220
Santa Barbara 150 $55,220
Thousand Oaks 110 $42,200
Oxnard 110 $42,200
Ventura 110 $42,200
Porterville 110 $59,700
Visalia 110 $59,700
Bakersfield 100 $49,280
Fairfield 90 $85,460
Vallejo 90 $85,460
Modesto 70 $47,670
Santa Rosa 50 $46,750
Santa Cruz 30 $47,980
Watsonville 30 $47,980
Salinas 30 $58,990
San Jose N/A $38,660
Sunnyvale N/A $38,660
Santa Clara N/A $38,660
Stockton N/A $47,580
Lodi N/A $47,580
Fresno N/A $48,260
Chico N/A $50,940
San Luis Obispo N/A $57,560
Arroyo Grande N/A $57,560
Paso Robles N/A $57,560
Yuba City N/A $70,660
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 440 N/A
Aurora 440 N/A
Denver 440 N/A
Colorado Springs 70 $63,900
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 90 $39,240
Bridgeport 90 $39,240
Stamford 90 $39,240
East Hartford 90 $49,850
West Hartford 90 $49,850
Hartford 90 $49,850
New Haven 70 $46,470
Danbury 30 $56,800
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $50,900
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 1350 $39,100
Miami 1350 $39,100
West Palm Beach 1350 $39,100
Clearwater 390 N/A
Tampa 390 N/A
St. Petersburg 390 N/A
Sanford 300 $37,280
Orlando 300 $37,280
Kissimmee 300 $37,280
Winter Haven 120 $43,520
Lakeland 120 $43,520
Ormond Beach 110 $43,840
Daytona Beach 110 $43,840
Deltona 110 $43,840
Port St. Lucie 100 $45,990
Jacksonville 90 $36,590
Bradenton 80 $52,480
Sarasota 80 $52,480
North Port 80 $52,480
Melbourne 40 $53,190
Titusville 40 $53,190
Palm Bay 40 $53,190
Fort Walton Beach 30 $36,110
Crestview 30 $36,110
Destin 30 $36,110
Fort Myers N/A $38,030
Cape Coral N/A $38,030
Naples N/A $48,300
Immokalee N/A $48,300
Marco Island N/A $48,300
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 190 $57,600
Sandy Springs 190 $57,600
Atlanta 190 $57,600
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $47,970
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 180 $46,600
Carmel 180 $46,600
Indianapolis 180 $46,600
Fort Wayne 140 $44,820
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 150 $65,620
Des Moines 150 $65,620
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bowling Green N/A $29,000
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 830 $49,740
Columbia 830 $49,740
Baltimore 830 $49,740
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn N/A $39,390
Warren N/A $39,390
Detroit N/A $39,390
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mankato 50 $85,570
North Mankato 50 $85,570
Rochester N/A $34,500
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson N/A $40,500
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 270 $49,400
Henderson 270 $49,400
Las Vegas 270 $49,400
Reno 60 $68,710
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 360 $76,410
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 100 $29,520
Troy 100 $29,520
Schenectady 100 $29,520
Niagara Falls N/A $36,620
Buffalo N/A $36,620
Cheektowaga N/A $36,620
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morganton 50 $48,190
Lenoir 50 $48,190
Hickory 50 $48,190
Chapel Hill N/A $48,830
Durham N/A $48,830
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Akron N/A $64,750
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 240 $38,200
Tulsa 60 $44,480
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem N/A $35,990
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 290 $38,370
Carlisle 50 N/A
Harrisburg 50 N/A
Lancaster 40 $46,720
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 40 $39,240
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 210 $34,580
Nashville 210 $34,580
Murfreesboro 210 $34,580
Davidson 210 $34,580
Knoxville 130 $36,030
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 640 $41,970
Dallas 640 $41,970
Arlington 640 $41,970
Sugar Land N/A $34,060
Houston N/A $34,060
The Woodlands N/A $34,060
New Braunfels N/A $49,090
San Antonio N/A $49,090
Austin N/A $49,440
Round Rock N/A $49,440
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $36,210
Orem 60 $51,220
Provo 60 $51,220
Clearfield 40 $48,030
Ogden 40 $48,030
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roanoke 30 $36,660
Lynchburg N/A $35,770
Richmond N/A $42,810
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 130 $46,360
Tacoma 130 $46,360
Seattle 130 $46,360
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 140 $37,060
Morgantown 50 $40,280
Beckley 40 $37,600
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 450 $33,920
Waukesha 450 $33,920
Milwaukee 450 $33,920
Madison 260 $46,020

Most Popular Industries for :
Marriage and Family Therapists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Social Service 10,010 40% $39,230
Government 6,930 28% $50,310
Medical Office 5,140 21% $45,080
Nursing And Residential Care 980 4% $36,800
Hospital 700 2% $51,270
Education 370 1% $54,840
Non-profit 280 1% $38,570
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