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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

A board-certified behavioral analyst (BCBA) as a certification in applied behavioral analysis and received this certification through the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board. Behavior analysts help individuals struggling with behavior or development disorders by incorporating research into professional practices and therapeutic settings. Behavior analysts often work in classrooms, clinics, hospitals, and nonprofits and often specialize in areas such as autism, developmental disabilities, or mental health issues.


Clinical Supervisor/Manager/Director of ABA Services

These clinical directors are responsible for overseeing aspects of clinical operations in regards to the treatment of patients specifically in the ABA services sector. This role varies depending on facility but often includes managing schedules, overseeing a team of clinicians, implementing care procedures, and helping to maintain a positive work environment for both clients and counselors.


Behavior Analyst Counselor

Behavior analysts help individuals struggling with behavior or development disorders by incorporating research into professional practices and therapeutic settings. Behavior analysts often work in classrooms, clinics, hospitals, and nonprofits and often specialize in areas such as autism, developmental disabilities, or mental health issues.


Health Service Manager

Health service managers are responsible for the day-to-day functioning of care organizations such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Duties that fall under this title include the overall organization of the healthcare implemented at the practice, managing budgets, maintaining records, and liaising with doctors, nurses, and other staff. This role is responsible for ensuring that proper care is provided and delivered promptly, which sometimes includes organizing with insurance companies, patients, families, and medical staff.


Behavior Clinician

A career as a behavioral clinician focuses on helping individuals identify negative behavioral patterns such as substance abuse, and works with the individual to help alter these behaviors. This type of work can be in either an individual or a group setting. Behavioral counselors often work in private practices, community clinics, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals.


Behavior Specialist

A behavioral specialist primarily works with children who struggle with emotional disabilities, aggression, and mental health disorders that ultimately lead to the child underperforming in academic settings. Behavioral specialists work with clients to decrease behavior issues while also working with the client's educational team to create a treatment plan and implement an effective strategy to assist the client in managing behavior and maintain academic involvement.


Program Analyst

A program analyst, sometimes known as a research analyst, is responsible for reviewing and analyzing an organization's implemented programs to ensure that they are effective and efficient. This assessment can be completed through data and research.


Autism Specialist

An autism specialist is a type of behavior analyst primarily focused on individuals with autism. This career path works with both adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism and works to develop treatment plans and supportive resources to help the individual in daily life tasks or milestones. This role often works in educational settings, private practices, and community organizations.


Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs in Behavior Sciences/Applied Behavior Analysis is expected to grow 18.5% in California*
  • The average salary in California for graduates of Behavior Sciences/Applied Behavior Analysis master's programs is $62,732*
  • California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Behavior Sciences/Applied Behavior Analysis master's programs*

*2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs