|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.