Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) in Arkansas are some of the highest earning MFTs in the country, according to the "Discover Arkansas" website, discoverarkansas.net. The website states that the 2008 median hourly rate for MFTs was $32.78, placing it slightly below the 90th percentile nationally. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the 90th percentile of the annual median hourly rate is $34.05, only $1.27 more than the annual Arkansas rate.
Additionally, economists project the national annual growth rate for MFTs at 30%, much faster than the average for all occupations. The fact that more people seek help for marital or family problems contributes to the growing demand, and is one reason that states like Arkansas place a high value on this profession. In fact, it's now recognized that almost all families and marriages at some point experience a problem or issue that requires the expertise of a counselor such as a MFT. Of course other counselors with a wide variety of specialties also help individuals and families with a range of issues, including managing stress, emotional and behavioral disorders, and substance abuse.
If you want to work with families, individuals, and people of all ages on a range of topics that deal with emotional and behavioral issues, request information from the schools listed below.