Career Paths & Job Market

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Career Paths

The University of South Florida has excellent career services available for students as they prepare to interview for field placements and first jobs. They have a host of resources available on their website at

AAMFT is the national association for Marriage and Family Therapists. As part of their effort to promote the field and support its members they provide a job search engine. If you are looking for work in the field click here to search for current openings in Florida and across the country.

In addition to these resources the MFT program also is contacted by local employers with job openings. We post these openings on the MFT program Canvas page. Click here to see what jobs are open in the local area.

Job Market

Nationwide Employment Data for MFT’s:

The nationwide employment of marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage in 2018 for marriage and family therapists was $50,090 compared to other counseling professions which had a median annual wage of $44,960.

Florida Employment Data for MFT’s:

Florida has the third-highest employment rate for marriage and family therapists according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on reports from Burning Glass, employer demand is considered high for the state of Florida. A 33% projected employment growth is expected between 2016-2026 in the state of Florida, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In the last 12 months, there were 718 job postings in Florida for which graduates of the program would be qualified. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage in Florida for a marriage and family therapist is $50,680.

Tampa Bay Area Employment Data for MFT’s:

According to data from Burning Glass, in the last 12 months, there were 170 jobs posted in the Tampa, St Petersburg, and Clearwater area for which graduates from this program would be qualified. Based on data from these job postings the local average salary for these positions was $46,334, compared to the average living wage for the Tampa Bay area which is at $29,141.