Doctor of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this program. 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 Program

The PhD in Behavior Analysis is designed for professional behavior analysts seeking to become academic, research, or clinical leaders. Learners integrate the practice of behavior analysis with basic behavior analytic theory and basic and applied research to develop advanced scientist-practitioner repertoires. Upon completion, learners are prepared to pursue careers in leadership positions within the practice of applied behavior analysis as well as academic and research positions. Learners who complete this specialization in combination with a behavior-analytic dissertation can apply for the doctoral designation as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D).

Skills gained through this program:

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

  • Synthesize the science behind the behavior of living organisms and the relationship between behavior and environmental variables
  • Apply scientifically supported theories to the practice of behavior analysis for behaviors of social significance
  • Design and conduct research consistent with the basic principles of behavior analysis to contribute to the field
  • Adhere to ethical expectations of the field of behavior analysis in personal and professional interactions
  • Communicate professionally in the field of behavior analysis
  • Critically evaluate cultural humility and compassion in communication, assessment, and interventions in the field of behavior analysis

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. 

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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*

  • Board certified behavior analyst
  • Behavior consultant
  • Chief operating officer/chief compliance officer
  • Director of program management
  • ABA clinical supervisor
  • Research project manager
  • Provider
  • Program/project manager
  • Adjunct, part-time, full-time behavior analysis faculty**

Employment Settings to Explore

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Educational services
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical colleges

*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.

**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.

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. 


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