Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Applied Behavior Analyst?
Applied Behavior Analysis is the science of behavior and how it influences problems of individual and social significance. Applied Behavior Analysts work with people across the lifespan in a wide variety of environments. Their goal is to improve the lives, functioning, and independence of clients and their families.
Behavior analysts focus on observation of behavior and 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.
As a behavior analyst, you can help clients improve communication skills, attention, memory, daily living and self-care skills, social skills, motor skills, behavioral regulation, academic performance, and much more.
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 autistic individuals, who often make substantial gains through behavior analytic interventions. This includes improvements in overall skills and functioning as well as in targeted areas.
The need for educators and practitioners who are knowledgeable in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and skilled in the provision of behaviorally-oriented procedures has grown exponentially. This demand continues to grow as numerous public and private agencies have endorsed ABA as an important component in interventions for autistic individuals. Check out our Career Outlook page for more information.
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 and with a diverse range of clients. The field has a growing need for highly trained, culturally responsive professionals who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. The following statistics are from the “US Behavior Analyst Workforce: Understanding the National Demand for Behavior Analysts” report by Burning Glass.
- Demand for credentialed behavior analysts is increasing.
- 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.
Please visit our Career Outlook page for a more in-depth look at the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.