There are currently an estimated 71,200 marriage and family therapists in the United States. The marriage and family therapist job market is expected to grow by 14.9% between 2022 and 2032.

How employable are marriage and family therapists?

CareerExplorer rates marriage and family therapists with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 13,500 marriage and family therapists. That number is based on 10,600 additional marriage and family therapists, and the retirement of 2,900 existing marriage and family therapists.

Are marriage and family therapists in demand?

Marriage therapy is currently one of the most in-demand health professions. Since society has overcome the stigma that was once linked with therapy, more people are seeking professional help from counselors than in the past. As federal regulations in the United States now require insurance plans to cover the costs of treatment for mental and emotional health concerns, there will be a need for more marriage therapists. Job prospects are expected to be considerable, especially in rural communities that have traditionally been underserved by mental health practitioners. Practitioners with a Master’s Degree and at least two years of supervised field experience in a counseling setting may seek the National Certified Counselor designation offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Inc. Marriage therapists, particularly those who have earned a Doctorate Degree, may become supervisors, researchers, administrators, advanced clinicians, or college instructors in the discipline.

What’s the supply of marriage and family therapists?

The marriage and family therapist industry is concentrated in California, New Jersey, Florida

Marriage and Family Therapist job market by state

State Name Employed Marriage and Family Therapists
California 16,420
New Jersey 4,220
Florida 3,290
Arizona 1,510
Maryland 1,370
Pennsylvania 1,340
New York 970
Texas 970
Minnesota 910
Wisconsin 890
Virginia 850
Colorado 770
Indiana 740
Ohio 600
Tennessee 530
Iowa 510
Massachusetts 430
Oklahoma 410
West Virginia 400
Nevada 400
North Carolina 380
Oregon 380
Illinois 370
Michigan 350
Connecticut 330
Utah 310
Missouri 300
Washington 250
Kansas 240
Georgia 240
Delaware 230
Alabama 210
Kentucky 180
Nebraska 170
Mississippi 160
South Dakota 140
North Dakota 110
New Mexico 70
South Carolina 60
New Hampshire 60
Wyoming 40
Montana 30