Career Outlook

Your Future with a Graduate Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis

According to Burning Glass Technologies, demand for behavior analysts holding a BCBA has increased each year since 2010, with a 17% increase from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, the highest demand came from these five states: California, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. 

Prepare to become a Board-certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and gain the skills you need to address complex behavior and learning challenges. Applied Behavior Analysis is a versatile skill that can be applied in many settings leading to successful outcomes. As a graduate of the MA in ABA, you will have the necessary foundation to provide research-based, culturally responsive interventions and may find career opportunities in the following settings. 

  • Classrooms, Schools/School-Districts
  • Community-based Agencies
  • In-home/Residential Treatment Centers
  • Clinics or Private practices - Mental Health, Sports Psychology, Behavioral Medicine
  • Hospitals
  • Organizational Behavior Management in Business Settings

Rooted in the science of behavior, Applied Behavior Analysis can have useful applications in a diverse range of fields of interest. For more information on areas in which ABA is being used, take a look at the Special Interest Groups of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Job Titles

  • Behavior/Behavioral Analyst
  • ABA/Behavioral Assistant
  • Behavior Interventionst
  • BCBA Clinical Supervisor/Manager
  • Behavior Clinician
  • Behaviorist
  • Behavior/Behavorial Consultant
  • Behavior Specialist
  • BCBA Program Supervisor

Salary Guide

According to, there is a range of salaries, which vary by industry and occupation. The salary range below represents the United States. We encourage you to do your own research on or the Bureau of Labor Statistics to explore salary expectations for your geographical region and industry.

Job Title National Salary
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) $50,803-$75,314

Additional Employment Opportunities

In addition to working as a practitioner, many BCBAs find themselves in demand to provide supervision for other students entering the field and who are seeking to become certified and licensed in ABA. Further, many BCBAs may formally become Continuing Education Providers with the ABAI, allowing them to conduct presentations and workshops in their areas of expertise for other BCBAs and LABAs.

Learn About ABA Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Most Applied Behavior Analysts educate and treat people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

According the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 1 in 44 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

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 the treatment of people with autism.

In 2007, The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that, "The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well documented through 5 decades of research using single-subject methodology and in controlled studies of comprehensive early intensive behavioral intervention programs in university and community settings."

The American Psychological Association (APA) has reported that behavioral interventions are crucial for children with autism, indicating that "this approach can help improve communication and social interaction and decrease troublesome behaviors like aggression or self-injury."

Because of endorsements like these and many others, Applied Behavior Analysts will find work providing direct intervention, supervising other treatment providers, consulting for individual cases, for families, schools, or school districts, and conducting behavioral assessments and providing treatment recommendations.

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Finding a Career in Applied Behavior Analysis

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