Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) careers is a science field in which evidence-based methods are used to change behavior to a meaningful, socially significant degree. ABA is an effective approach to helping people in a variety of contexts. Although ABA is often associated with the field of education and autism, it has proven to be effective across numerous settings, including safety in the workplace, behavior in organizations, health, exercise, and substance abuse.
You may decide to pursue your Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) if you are interested in learning how to apply behavior analytic methods to change behavior, being part of a team of professionals who rely on evidence-based methods, maximizing learning, and helping others by improving behavior.
By becoming a BCBA, you will learn how to determine why behaviors happen, which means you can create and implement effective interventions with long-lasting effects.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts oversee the implementation of behavior analytic programming. BCBA’s have a Master’s degree in ABA, education, or another related field. See graduate programs for a list of ABA graduate programs in Massachusetts.
While working on obtaining your BCBA, you must complete field work, a portion of which is supervised by a BCBA. If you are interested in working with people with diagnoses, your field work may be in a classroom or ABA agency. Once you receive your BCBA, you can begin supervising instructors, consulting with parents and other providers, and providing training. Within the field of education, there are a variety of settings you may choose to work, including public schools, private schools, and ABA consultation agencies.