|Quick Facts: Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$39,710 per year
$19.09 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||156,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||37% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||58,500|
Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage or 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.
All states require both mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.
The median annual wage of mental health counselors was $38,150 in May 2010. The median annual wage of marriage and family therapists was $45,720 in May 2010.
Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 41 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as the overall population grows and as insurance companies increasingly provide for reimbursement of counselors and marriage and family therapists as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists.
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