Counselor/Family Therapist

Quick Facts: Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
2012 Median Pay $41,500 per year
$19.95 per hour
Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2012 166,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 48,200

What Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists Do

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions, to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

Work Environment

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings, such as private practice and mental health centers. Most work full time.

How to Become a Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists typically are required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.

Pay

In May 2012, the median annual wage for mental health counselors was $40,080. The median annual wage for marriage and family therapists was $46,670 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected in both occupations as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.