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Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
Quick Facts : Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists*
2010 Median Pay$39,710
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012156,300
Job Outlook37% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change58,500


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 them understand their problems and develop strategies for improving their lives.

What Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists Do

  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Encourage clients to discuss their emotions and experiences
  • Guide clients through the process of making decisions about their future
  • Coordinate treatment with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and social workers
  • Refer clients to other resources or services in the community, such as support groups or inpatient treatment facilities

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.
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Job Outlook

Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average salary of mental health counselors was $38,150 in May 2010.
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Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

39710

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists*
Percent Change in Employment

Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

37.428

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

A master's degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy is required. A bachelor's degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master's-level program and a license to practice.
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