BS Applied Behavior Analysis
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The Applied Behavior Analysis undergraduate specialization provides learners with a foundational knowledge of major competency areas in the applied behavior analysis field. The curriculum focuses on foundational behavior analysis theories, concepts, and techniques; applied research methods in the field; and ethical standards to which professionals in the applied behavior analysis field must adhere.

Upon successful completion of this undergraduate specialization, learners are prepared to interpret research studies in applied behavior analysis; identify behavioral problems through assessment; select targeted behaviors for change; conduct consultations; and design, implement, and evaluate culturally appropriate and ethical behavioral interventions under the supervision of a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in order to bring about positive behavioral change for diverse individuals.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Apply behavioral principles and concepts to design, sustain, and evaluate behavioral interventions.
  • Evaluate findings of applied behavioral analysis research.
  • Investigate research-based findings in the development of behavioral treatment plans.
  • Apply professional, ethical, and multicultural competence standards in behavioral intervention and consultation.
  • Communicate effectively in a manner that meets the expectations for psychology professionals.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to academic and career goals.

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Registered behavior technician
  • Assistant certified board behavior analyst
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavior technician
  • BCaBA
  • Behavior interventionist

Employment settings to explore

  • Individual and family services
  • Offices of other health practitioners
  • Insurance carriers
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)
  • Hospital
  • K-12 public or private school

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.