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Family / Behavioral Therapist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with clients who need help dealing with emotional disorders or problems with family and relationships. Addresses client problems in the context of family relationships; helps clients develop ways to recognize and change behavior patterns. Works with individuals, couples or families.

Job Outlook

There were 675 Family / Behavioral Therapist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 32575 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Family / Behavioral Therapist industry, which includes the Family / Behavioral Therapist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Family / Behavioral Therapist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $54,470.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $49,809.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Family / Behavioral Therapist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,823.

Education and Experience

Posted Family / Behavioral Therapist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree0%
Master's Degree92%
Doctoral Degree8%
Other0%

Posted Family / Behavioral Therapist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years79%
3 to 5 years20%
6 to 8 years0%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Family / Behavioral Therapist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (22%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
  • Writing (16%)
  • Organizational Skills (13%)
  • Bilingual (12%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Mental Health (40%)
  • Treatment Planning (37%)
  • Psychology (27%)
  • Behavioral Health (24%)
  • Autism Diagnosis / Treatment / Care (19%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Teaching (15%)
  • Patient Care (13%)
  • Customer Billing (12%)
  • Telehealth (12%)
  • Appointment Setting (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Social Work (6%)
  • Discharge Planning (5%)
  • Child Development (4%)
  • Clinical Psychology (4%)
  • Mental Illness (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Social Work (6%) – marginal value $3,752

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Family / Behavioral Therapist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Therapist
  • Licensed Therapist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Respiratory Therapist - Covid - Crisis Response
  • Respiratory Therapist Crisis Rates

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Family / Behavioral Therapist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Betterhelp (2636)
  • Healthcare Traveler Allied Health (1688)
  • Comprehensive Educational Services (648)
  • Sci Shared Resources, Llc (620)
  • Autism Learning Partners (491)

North Carolina

  • Autism Learning Partners (47)
  • YMCA (37)
  • Youth Villages (28)
  • Betterhelp (26)
  • Magellan Health (25)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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