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Marriage and Family Therapist Profession Makes CNN’s List of Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/ recently released its annual list of the Best Jobs in America for 2012. Occupations are chosen based on numerous factors, including pay, job growth, and quality of life ratings such as personal satisfaction, benefit to society, stress level and flexibility.
Cracking the Top 50 at #42 was none other than Marriage/ Family Therapist. According to the article, the field expects to see strong job growth over the next 10 years (41.2%), and practicing marriage and family therapists (MFTs) typically enjoy strong quality of life and job satisfaction (Personal Satisfaction: B, Low Stress: C, Benefit to Society: A, Flexibility: B).

“We continue to see strong indicators, such as this recent article, of the growth and need for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs),” remarks MFT Associate Chair Dr. James Billings. “The holistic and systemic approach that MFTs bring to the field of mental health has proven to not only be effective, but also efficient, with many clients only requiring 12 or less sessions to see a significant reduction in presenting symptoms.”

Northcentral University offers a Master’s and PhD program in Marriage and Family Therapy. These online degree programs enable prospective and practicing marriage and family therapists to pursue their advanced education while maintaining their own personal and professional responsibilities.

“The NCU MFT programs are specifically designed to help professionals receive the education and training needed to be successful in this growing and demanding field of Marriage and Family Therapy,” says Billings. “The course work is designed to meet the national educational standards set by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and is intended to allow working adults to create a personalized degree plan that provides the flexibility to match their schedules and time constraints.”

Through practicum and internship requirements that include direct client contact and supervised practice, students are able to build professional connections in their own communities.

“The fact that Northcentral has no residency requirement and encourages students to select clinical placement sites in their communities not only reduces student costs, but also facilitates the process of helping student therapists make the necessary community and network connections needed to break into the field after graduation,” notes Billings.

The Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a General Family Therapy track and a separate California Licensure track that has been pre-approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. The MFT doctoral degree program offers specialization options so students can tailor their education and training to better match their interests and goals. These specializations include: Child and Adolescent Therapy, Couple Therapy, General Family Therapy, Medical Family Therapy and Therapy with Military Families. NCU’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is the first and only COAMFTE-accredited program with distance education – ensuring that the University’s program aligns with national accreditation standards.

For more information about Northcentral University’s Marriage and Family Therapy programs, call 1-866-776-0331 or visit our website at

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