Careers in ABA Therapy to Consider

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) working with a child on play and social skills through ABA therapy.

Do you have a passion for helping others? If you’re looking for a career path that makes a real difference in the lives of children and young adults with autism, a career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy may be for you. ABA therapy is widely known as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are several career opportunities in this field based on education, experience level, and interests.

Behavior Technician/RBT

Behavior Technicians implement client goals created by a BCBA in each child’s individualized treatment. They work 1:1 with clients and their families to develop social skills, living skills, and learning skills. Individuals can become nationally certified as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and accredited by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) through a 40-hour training program and competency assessment. Surpass Behavioral Health covers RBT exam fees for Behavior Technicians to complete the RBT certification. Becoming an RBT allows the opportunity to impact clients’ lives directly while gaining exposure and experience in ABA therapy if you’re interested in continuing your education to become a BCBA.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

BCBAs provide high-quality ABA evaluation, therapy, and consultation services for children with autism, as well as ongoing support and supervision for their team members and the families they serve. They conduct behavioral assessments, design individualized treatment plans for clients, and supervise RBTs as they implement ABA techniques. Becoming a BCBA requires a master’s degree in ABA, Psychology, or a related field. To acquire the certification, you must complete a fieldwork requirement along with the BCBA® examSurpass provides reimbursement for your annual CEU stipend and certification renewal. BCBAs who excel and exemplify leadership qualities can progress into a role as a Clinic Director.

Clinic Director

Clinic Directors operate with guidance from regional and executive leadership to provide overall quality assurance and managerial support to local clinics. This role collaborates with the Office Manager to manage the intake and onboarding of staff members and clients. They oversee the BCBAs and RBTs to ensure all clients are receiving the highest quality of treatment. Additionally, the Clinic Director serves as the Lead BCBA and utilizes their skills to perform assessments and develop treatment plans for clients.

Office Manager

For individuals who are interested in serving clients and their families on the operational side of ABA therapy, many clinics have Office Manager positions. The Office Manager is responsible for maintaining the clinic schedule as well as keeping all information accurate and up to date. They relay clinic information, appointment details, and paperwork requirements to the families. This individual is a key player in the operations of the clinic to make certain that clients are well informed and have a positive experience.

Work that makes a difference. At Surpass Behavioral Health, a leading provider in home, clinic, and school-based ABA therapy services, employees have a special passion for working with children who have an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD). Our therapists and behavior analysts work in an environment where ABA is practiced and valued. Learn more or explore open positions to be a part of our mission to serve and care for those with an autism spectrum diagnosis.

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