From Psychology degree to a career with a Master's degree as a Marriage & Family Therapist
Once you earn your Psychology degree you may decide to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. A Marriage and Family Therapist works with individuals to help them deal with problems (e.g., individual depression or anxiety) and rebuild relationships. For example, a Marriage and Family Therapists might work with a couple because they're trying to avoid divorce. In addition, families sometimes require help dealing with stressful life events, such as a death in the family or drug use by a family member. Marriage and Family Therapists typically have a Master's degree, but some move on and earn a degree as a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) or PsyD (Doctor of Psychology).
How long will it take you to earn a degree in Marriage and Family therapy? The good news is that it usually requires 2 years of graduate school to complete a master's thesis (research or other type of writing project). The bad news is that during your time in graduate school you typically must pay tuition, and there are limited opportunities for any other types of financial support (e.g., being paid to be a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant). Still, in the end a Master's degree tends to offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree, and also allows you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., testing, therapy).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average yearly income for a Marriage and Family Counselor at $53,520.
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