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 23 percent between 2016 and 2026, "much faster" than the average growth rate for all occupations.

Growth is expected due to the increasing use of integrated care, which is a treatment of multiple problems at one time by a group of specialists. In providing integrated care, marriage and family therapists are working with counselors such as substance abuse, behavior disorder, or mental health counselors, to address patients' issues as a team.

From the 2016 employment estimate of 41,500 people working as marriage and family therapists in the U.S., a 23-percent increase would mean that an additional 9,700 jobs would be added, bringing the total up to 51,200 by 2026.