Learn how to take part in the field
of Applied Behavior Analysis

Career Resources

Whether you want a career as an BCBA working with people on the Autism spectrum, or you’d like to use ABA techniques in the mental health field, we provide the information and resources you need as you begin your career.

Education Paths

Becoming a licensed Behavior Analyst requires education, practice and examination. Learn about the various paths through our degree guides as you choose between the various programs on the road to licensure.

Licensure and Renewal

To work as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), you must follow the guidelines of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which include education of a master’s or higher, practice and examination.

Your Guide to Online ABA Programs

Welcome to your guide to Online ABA Programs. We are a resource for those looking to earn their degree in Behavior Analysis or a related field, and then earn a credential as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. BCBAs work in schools, counseling centers, private practice, corporations and more. Here are the steps you must take to work in Behavior Analysis.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

The start to any career in Behavior Analysis begins with a bachelor’s degree. From there, you can continue on with your graduate education, or earn a preliminary credential as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

Gain Clinical Experience

Before you can get licensed as a Behavior Analyst, you must complete supervised clinical experience by a current BCBA who is willing to supervise you, or you must work as a full-time research faculty member.

Gain Employment

Applied Behavior Analysts may work in a variety of settings. You may find work in a hospital, at a corporation, in a school or research institution, or with a nonprofit organization. Most major cities will have a wide selection of jobs where a BCBA credential may be useful.

Complete a Master’s Degree

If you desire employment as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, then you must earn at least a master’s degree from an accredited university along with the completion of acceptable graduate-level behavior analysis coursework.

Obtain Licensure

Once you earn a graduate degree and complete your clinical supervision, you are eligible to sit for the BACB licensing exam, which will then provide you with the BCBA credential.

Continuing Education

With licensure comes renewal, and most states require a two-year renewal for all licensure levels. Continuing education requirements vary and are usually a certain amount of CE credit per year, with some lesser amount for assistant BAs.

The Changing World of Applied Behavior Analysis

Improved accreditation procedures and alignment between governing bodies is the norm

Today’s ABA professionals have additional coursework, certification and licensing requirements in many states. Coursework for certification in Applied Behavior Analysis is required to follow a Verified Course Sequence as laid out by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Behavior Analysts today work in a variety of settings, from social work to education to psychology, and demand is growing rapidly. According to the 2019 Burning Glass report from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, annual demand for BCBAs and BCBA-Ds has grown 1,942% in the period from 2010-2018, with California making up 31% of that demand.

As a Behavior Analyst, you have the opportunity to impact others, work with individuals and families, and be a part of a high-growth profession.

ABA Techniques

There are many scientifically-backed techniques that Behavior Analysts can use. Take a look at our list of some of these ABA techniques to see Behavior Analysis at work.