Job Outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of marriage and family therapists will grow 31% between 2012 and 2022, "much faster" than the average growth rate for all occupations. The BLS attributes increasing demand for MFTs to the growing population of the United States, increases in the number of military veterans, and the increasing coverage of therapy by insurance providers, due in part to federal legislation like the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act.
From the 2012 employment estimate of 37,800 people working as marriage and family therapists in the U.S., a 31% increase would mean that an additional 11,600 jobs would be added, bringing the total up to 49,400 by 2022. The industries that are projected to add the most jobs in this occupation are "ambulatory health care services" (+43.1%, 5,300 new jobs) and "outpatient, laboratory, and other ambulatory care services" (+46.5%, 4,300 new jobs).