Marriage and Family Therapists

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Advanced Clinical Specialist, Clinical Services Director, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Couple and Family Therapist, Staff Therapist, Director-Child Abuse Therapy, Family Therapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Staff-MFT, Marriage and Family Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Play Therapist, Psychotherapist, Senior Clinician, Therapist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Marriage and Family Therapists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Marriage and Family Therapists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #22 in job growth rate
  • 120

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5%)
  • Master's degree (51.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (24.7%)
  • Associate's degree (5%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues.
  • Counsel clients regarding interpersonal issues.
  • Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Collect information about clients.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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