Applied behavior analysts (ABA) work to help patients overcome mental and social disabilities. A bachelor’s degree in psychology, behavioral analysis, or a related field is generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree in addition to legal and professional certification, including an examination administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Many applied behavior analysts work with developmentally-disabled patients and autistic children. Applied behavior analysts must be competent in implementing individualized educational and behavioral programming designed by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs).
Those in this position must be friendly, patient, and able to protect confidentiality and privacy. Exceptional interpersonal skills and oral communication skills are important to conduct presentations and write progress reports related to their patients. They are strongly advised to read scientific journals related to changes and advances in applied behavioral science, as well as attend required workshops and conferences. They may be required to provide training and supervision for staff and train, coach and mentor new or junior applied behavior analysts.
Applied Behavior Analyst Tasks
Treat patients based on defined interventions, consult with physicians regarding patient status and progress.
Maintain updated knowledge on instruction of ABA, behavior management, and techniques applicable to the patient population.
Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.