According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers in family counseling are projected to more than triple the rate for all other professions. With a 23% rate of growth anticipated through 2026, marriage and family therapists can expect a thriving, lucrative job market. The BLS attributes this soaring demand to the rising need for mental health services for issues such as alcohol and drug addiction, as well as a growing awareness of the role that mental health plays in one’s overall wellness.
Related occupations should enjoy similarly strong job prospects. For example, the BLS projects that employment for counselors specializing in substance abuse or behavioral disorders will also grow by 23% through 2026, while employment for school and career counselors and psychologists should increase by 13% and 14%, respectively, during that same period.