Applied behavior analysis is a leading option in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior as well as skill deficits for individuals with and without disabilities. At this time, jobs in the field of applied behavior analysis continue to increase as does the demand for services in public and private schools, home based services, as well agencies such as group homes.
A recent study completed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board found that in 2014, there were more than 3,000 individual job postings for behavior analysts nationwide and there has been an increase in demand for credentialed behavior analysts. Total postings have doubled from 2012 to 2014, from 1,414 to 3,083, and there are currently 24 states that have passed laws to regulate behavior analysts through licensure, one of which is Massachusetts (BACB, 2015). Job areas in which BCBAs find work include the assessment and treatment of autism or intellectual disabilities, education, parent and caregiver training, child welfare, brain injury rehabilitation, corrections, organizational behavior management, behavioral gerontology, and sports science (APBA, 2016).
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is often implemented in the treatment of children with autism. Applied behavior analysis which is taught in our current ASD courses is the only existing treatment of autism that is evidence based. Individuals who complete the Behavior Analyst Certification Board six course sequence that incorporates specific ABA objectives, complete extensive practica, and pass an examination given by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board may apply to become board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs).