Behavioral Analyst FAQ
What is an Applied Behavior Analyst?
An Applied Behavior Analyst is an expert on the science of behavior and how it is applied to problems of individual and social significance.
Applied Behavior Analysts work with people across the lifespan. Their goal is to improve the lives of individuals and those who care for them.
Behavior analysts focus on observable events within the environment. They seek to understand the interaction between the environment and the individual. By doing so, behavior analysts seek to make the smallest changes that can have the most meaningful impact. There is a significant emphasis on the role of consequences such as through reinforcing positive behavior through rewards.
Behavior analysts practice ongoing assessment and objective evaluation to continuously alter and improve their work. Guided by the basic principles of behavior, each individual client receives a customized plan and curriculum to suit his/her needs.
How effective is ABA therapy in treating autism?
Decades of research and applications of behavioral techniques have established ABA therapy as the treatment of choice for individuals with autism. People with autism can make substantial gains through behavior analytic interventions. This includes improvements in overall skills and functioning as well as in targeted areas. Behavior analysts can address a variety of needs and areas, such as learning and academic performance, language, communication, and social skills, daily-living and self-care skills, motor skills, behavioral regulation and coping, and many more. The director of our ABA Master's Program, Dr. Ron Lee, has addressed some of the misconceptions about integrating ABA into clinical practice.
What types of jobs are available for an Applied Behavior Analyst and what are the employment trends?
An Applied Behavior Analyst can work in many settings:
- Classrooms, Schools/School-Districts
- Community-based agencies
- In-home/residential treatment
- Clinics (Private practices)
- Other types of business
The following statistics are from the “US Behavior Analyst Workforce: Understanding the National Demand for Behavior Analysts” report by Burning Glass. The career outlook is great for BCBAs.
- Demand for credentialed behavior analysts is increasing: Positions more than doubled between 2012 and 2014.
- Demand is highest in 3 states: Massachusetts, California and New Jersey
- The demand for the BCBA credential has increased and is required in a range of occupations and titles.
- 85% of job postings fall into Health Care, Educational Services, or Social Assistance industries.
Here are some common job titles:
- Behavior/Behavioral Analyst
- ABA/Behavioral Assistant
- Behavior Interventionst
- BCBA Clinical Supervisor/Manager
- Behavior Clinician
- Behavior/Behavorial Consultant
- Behavior Specialist
- BCBA Program Supervisor
How can I learn more about the ABA Master's program at William James College and the field of Applied Behavior Analysis?
In addition to details about our ABA Master's program, we have provided audio and video resources about the field, and what it's like to be a student at William James College. Visit our ABA audio/video resources to listen to a podcast on Increasing Awareness of ABA in the Community and a Video from our ABA graduate students.