Careers in the Licensed Professions

Behavior Analyst

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Licensed behavior analysts use learning-based methods to treat people diagnosed by a psychologist or physician with an autism disorder. For example, they help their clients in areas such as managing behavior; social interactions; self-help and safety skills; communication; and academic and vocational skills. Examples of services:

  • develop treatment goals, protocols, and data collection systems
  • analyze data to assess progress and refine treatment goals
  • coordinate with family members and other treatment professionals

Certified behavior analyst assistants provide treatment as assigned by a Licensed Behavior Analyst.


Bachelor’s (Certified behavior analyst assistant) or Master’s (Licensed behavior analyst) degree in a Department-registered applied behavior analysis licensure program, or related field.


1 year of acceptable full-time supervised experience


Examination acceptable to the Department

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all license options and requirements.





Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $58,531
  • Salary range: $39,000-$78,000
  • Projected growth: new and emerging profession

Where Could I Work?

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Residences
  • Schools

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Helping individuals with autism
  • Teaching
  • Analysis and modification of human behaviors

Professional Skills

  • Communication
  • Patience, persistence, and problem solving
  • Compassion
  • Empathy


What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an applied behavior analyst about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020