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All About Marriage and Family Therapists

Job Description: Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

List of Marriage & Family Therapist Job Duties

  • Write evaluations of parents and children for use by courts deciding divorce and custody cases, testifying in court if necessary.
  • Follow up on results of counseling programs and clients' adjustments to determine effectiveness of programs.
  • Provide instructions to clients on how to obtain help with legal, financial, and other personal issues.
  • Collect information about clients, using techniques such as testing, interviewing, discussion, or observation.
  • Provide family counseling and treatment services to inmates participating in substance abuse programs.
  • Maintain case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations.

Qualities of a Marriage & Family Therapist

These are the skills Marriage and Family Therapists say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Clinical Services Director
  • Relationship Counselor
  • Child and Family Counselor

Marriage & Family Therapist Job Outlook

There were about 41,500 jobs for Marriage and Family Therapist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 23.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 9,700 new jobs for Marriage and Family Therapist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 5,700 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Marriage & Family Therapist are Utah, Arizona, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, South Dakota, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Marriage & Family Therapist Make?

Marriage and Family Therapists make between $31,850 and $82,240 a year.

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Marriage and Family Therapists who work in Maine, Hawaii, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Marriage and Family Therapists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $40,540
Alaska $64,200
Arizona $48,390
Arkansas $48,610
California $51,950
Colorado $74,900
Connecticut $61,750
Delaware $51,540
District of Columbia $49,750
Florida $50,680
Georgia $68,470
Hawaii $79,660
Idaho $52,150
Illinois $47,200
Indiana $47,110
Iowa $54,030
Kansas $42,390
Kentucky $41,280
Louisiana $37,530
Maine $75,460
Maryland $49,650
Massachusetts $57,020
Michigan $53,680
Minnesota $57,770
Mississippi $38,910
Missouri $50,840
Montana $45,310
Nebraska $48,850
Nevada $54,290
New Hampshire $43,400
New Jersey $72,380
New Mexico $49,500
New York $49,420
North Carolina $54,320
North Dakota $45,210
Ohio $46,180
Oklahoma $54,850
Oregon $58,050
Pennsylvania $58,400
South Dakota $40,000
Tennessee $39,920
Texas $45,820
Utah $70,960
Virginia $54,250
Washington $47,470
West Virginia $43,460
Wisconsin $51,070
Wyoming $63,690

What Tools do Marriage and Family Therapists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Marriage and Family Therapists:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Anasazi Software Client Data System
  • DocuTrac QuicDoc
  • Mdansby The PsychReport
  • TheraManager
  • eMDs Medisoft
  • Blueberry Harbor Software Clinical Record Keeper
  • Advantage Software Psych Advantage
  • PracticePRO Software Systems QuickPractice
  • Beaver Creek Software The THERAPIST

How to Become a Marriage & Family Therapist

What education is needed to be a Marriage and Family Therapist?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Marriage and Family Therapists Are Employed

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