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Student Learning Outcomes

The BACB used the Labor Insight™ database from Burning Glass Technologies to assess the U.S. employment demand for behavior analysts from 2010-2021 and the demand by state for the past 12 months. Over the past 12 years, demand for behavior
analysts holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 5,852%. Annual nationwide demand for individuals holding BCBA/BCBA-D certification has increased each year since 2010, with a 38% increase from 2020 to 2021. Demand was highest in 5 states in 2021 (ordered from most to least): California, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida,  and Illinois. These 5 states account for 48% of the recent demand for behavior analysts, with California alone accounting for 24% of the 2021 demand. Read the full report here

Graduates who complete the Applied Behavior Analysis program are expected to be able to:

  • Foundations/ Philosophical Underpinnings and Concepts & Principles of ABA: Connect the professional practice of applied behavior analysis to basic behavioral principles and their roots in experimental analysis of behavior
  • Assessment: Select, design, and implement behavioral assessment procedures, present the results of assessment to stakeholders, and utilize the results to inform behavioral treatment
  • Intervention: Select, design, and implement behavior change interventions ethically and with integrity
  • Ethical Practice: Practice according to the BACB Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts©
  • Measurement: Select measures, design measurement systems, measure behavior and use the results of measurement to inform and modify treatment
  • Personnel Supervision & Management: Select, design, implement, and evaluate the effects of behavior analytic performance management and supervision systems for personnel and trainees
  • Credentialing: Qualify for credentialing in the field of applied behavior analysis and develop a plan to maintain credentials
  • Experimentation & Analysis: Design and conduct experiments as a component of professional practice and/ or research
  • Professional Practice and Employment: Obtain a professional position in the field of applied behavior analysis and demonstrate the competencies and skills required by employers of today's practicing behavior analysts
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Define and engage in activities that promote cultural responsiveness and diversity, related to awareness, sensitivity, and humility, within the field of ABA as a practitioner, supervisor, and colleague
  • Professional Development and Lifelong Learning: Commit to lifelong learning, continuing education and professional development, as both a requirement to maintain certification and a necessary action for continuing to advance the science of applied behavior analysis
  • Evidence-based Practice: Commit to the role of behavior analyst as ambassador of applied behavior analysis by supporting the use of evidence-based procedures and disseminating accurate information about the science and practice of applied behavior analysis to diverse and sometimes skeptical audiences
  • Describe and defend the importance of science for improving human conditions in a socially acceptable manner.