Applied Behavior Analysis Careers
Your career in ABA can start now:
Whether you are just starting out in Applied Behavior Analysis or you are looking to a graduate degree to advance your career, the field has lots of opportunity for you to expand and grow. Applied Behavior Analysis is an ever-evolving field, and the way in which ABA is administered, to the locations and jobs you may work in are constantly growing and improving under oversight from many organizations, governing bodies and state licensure departments.
Beyond the Degree
Many times, people think that a degree is all it takes to work in ABA. To work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, this is not the case. You will need to follow the guidelines set forth by the BACB and follow the requirements in your state to earn the BCBA credential and license required in many states to work as a BCBA.
One aspect of working in ABA is the variety of workplaces and job titles available for someone with the ability to use this therapy. People use ABA in inpatient and outpatient programs, schools, homes, places in the community and in residential treatment facilities.
Be a part of the ABA team
Whether you are a part of the ABA team as a certified Behavior Analyst, or you work under the guidance of the behavior analyst as a technician or assistant, there is lots of room in the field of ABA. In fact, the ABA field saw demand grow by 1,942% from 2010 to 2018. You may work in a school, for a school district, at a private home, at a care facility, for the government and in many other situations. You may work alone or in a team setting, for a large organization or small. There is a lot of growth happening in this field.
More than a Helping Profession
While a career in behavior analysis certainly means you will help others, from those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to families and friends. You may be an advocate; you may deal with licensing and legislation and insurance. Your job will also likely involve paperwork and meetings, not just client care.
Find your ideal ABA career
Whether you prefer to be more hands-on or you like the more bureaucratic side of things, there are a variety of careers within an ABA team. From the BCBAs who lead the Behavior Analysis team to the technicians who work under their close supervision, to the ABA therapists who go into homes and schools, there is something for everyone in the field of ABA. Read here for an interview with a BCBA who works in a corporate setting.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, is the certification awarded by the BACB and is the standard for practice of ABA.
An in-home behavior technician is typically a BCBA or works closely under the supervision of a BCBA to provide in-home services to those needing ABA.
A clinical supervisor is a BCBA who supervises shifts, tasks and other BCBAs as they apply ABA techniques for their clients.
Earn Your Degree
If you want to work in the field as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, then you need a master’s degree or higher from an accredited university along with the completion of acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis.
Before you can get licensed as a Behavior Analyst, you must have some form of supervised clinical experience from a current BCBA willing to supervise your experience, or work as a full-time faculty member in a position that includes research.
Once all of the other steps are complete, you are eligible to sit for a licensing exam. For the exam, you will need documentation of all completed steps, and a passing score on the examination, which is given in person by a proctor.