Careers in the Licensed Professions

Marriage and Family Therapist

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Marriage and family therapists train in psychotherapy and other counseling methods to advise people about thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that affect interpersonal relationships. Through assessment and guidance, these professionals help individuals, couples, families, and others ensure the well-being of their relationships.


Complete a master’s or doctoral degree in a Department-registered Marriage and Family Therapy licensure program, or the equivalent, as determined by the Department.


At least 1,500 client-contact hours of supervised practice of Marriage and Family Therapy in an acceptable setting.


Examination in Marital and Family Therapy, as developed by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards

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Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $50,090 in the US, $52,340 in NY
  • Salary range: $35,380-$57,720
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Marriage and family clinics
  • Social service agencies
  • Healthcare settings
  • Courts and prisons
  • Behavioral health agencies and programs

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Psychotherapy
  • Family systems and law
  • Diversity and cultural competency

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Innovation
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a marriage and family therapist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020