Job Outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)

Marriage and Family Therapist job outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of marriage and family therapists will grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, "much faster" than the average growth rate for all occupations. The BLS attributes increasing demand for MFTs in part to increasing coverage of services 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 2014 employment estimate of 33,700 people working as marriage and family therapists in the U.S., a 15 percent increase would mean that an additional 5,000 jobs would be added, bringing the total up to 38,700 by 2024.