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Counselor Job Outlook

Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to increase by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much better than the average for all occupations. Employment of mental health counselors is expected to increase by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much better than the average for all occupations. Employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to increase by 41 percent over the same period, much better than the average for all occupations.

Insurance companies increasingly provide for reimbursement of counselors and marriage and family therapists as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists. People seeking mental health treatment are more likely to see a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist over other providers.

Furthermore, more people are expected to seek treatment for problems with mental and emotional problems than in earlier decades. As the population grows, the number of individuals entering therapy is expected to increase as well. This trend will cause a continued demand for counselors in mental health centers, hospitals, and colleges.

From 2010 to 2020, employment growth of mental health counselors in industries employing the most mental health counselors is expected to be as follows:

Individual and family services 50%
Residential mental health and substance abuse facilities 44%
Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers 34%
Hospitals; state, local, and private 17%
State and local government, excluding education and hospitals 12%

From 2010 to 2020, employment growth for marriage and family therapists in industries employing the most marriage and family therapists is expected to be as follows:

Offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians) 96%
Individual and family services 51%
Nursing and residential care facilities 46%
Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers 34%
State and local government, excluding education and hospitals 12%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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