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Become An ABA Therapist

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Working As An ABA Therapist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $68,360

    Average Salary

Example Of What An ABA Therapist does

  • Collected data during therapy sessions.
  • Implement ABA techniques to increase children's language, communication skills, social skills, and daily living skills.
  • Charted growth and progress in data collection book.
  • Decrease Problem Behaviors, and Increase Appropriate Behaviors.
  • Collected behavior data for IEP goals.
  • Complete Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program ?(VB-MAPP).
  • Teach children with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Provide quality ABA therapy to children with autism.
  • Applied ABA and VB programming and procedures using discrete trial, shaping, natural environment training.
  • Applied a treatment program that focused on positive reinforcement.
  • Provide in home therapy and tutoring to autistic children
  • Designed programs to target problem behaviors, as well as, planned and implemented ABA programming and behavior management techniques.
  • Assigned to special needs children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • coordinated with child's family members and consulting BCBA to design new programs.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop new lessons and behavior intervention plans.
  • Collaborate with Special Education teacher to update students' IEP.
  • Plan and execute behavioral interventions and functional skill building programs for students with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Implement behavior modification techniques, collect and Input data, and billing.
  • Assist students to acquire academic and/or appropriate life skills.
  • Educated clients to acquire language, self-help, academic and social skills.

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How To Become An ABA Therapist

Respiratory therapists typically need an associate’s degree, but some have bachelor’s degrees. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.


Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, but employers may prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree. Educational programs are offered by colleges and universities, vocational–technical institutes, and the Armed Forces. Completion of a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care may be required for licensure.

Respiratory therapy programs typically include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and math. Other courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition to coursework, programs have clinical components that allow therapists to gain supervised, practical experience in treating patients.

High school students interested in applying to respiratory therapy programs should take courses in health, biology, math, chemistry, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska, although requirements vary by state. Licensure requirements in most states include passing a state or professional certification exam. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the main certifying body for respiratory therapists. The Board offers two levels of certification: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

CRT is the first-level certification. Applicants must have earned an associate’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program, or completed the equivalent coursework in a bachelor’s degree program, and pass an exam.

The second-level certification is RRT certification. Applicants must already have CRT certification, meet other education or experience requirements, and pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Respiratory therapists should be able to provide emotional support to patients undergoing treatment and be sympathetic to their needs.

Detail oriented. Respiratory therapists must be detail oriented to ensure that patients are receiving the appropriate treatments and medications in a timely manner. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Interpersonal skills. Respiratory therapists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician.

Patience. Respiratory therapists may work for long periods with patients who need special attention.

Problem-solving skills. Respiratory therapists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms, consult with other healthcare professionals, and recommend and administer the appropriate treatments.

Science and math skills. Respiratory therapists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate the right dose of a patient’s medicine.

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ABA Therapist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • German

  • Estonian

  • Ukrainian

  • Turkish

  • Dari

  • Thai

  • Hausa

  • Tibetan

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Real ABA Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ABA Therapist Connections Therapy Center Lanham, MD Sep 27, 2014 $56,349
ABA Therapist Confidence Connection Corporation Needham, MA Dec 20, 2010 $52,175
Lead ABA Therapist Confidence Connection Needham, MA Aug 21, 2014 $44,940
ABA Therapist The McCarton School New York, NY Jul 19, 2015 $41,000
ABA Therapist First Leap, LLC Austin, TX Sep 08, 2013 $39,000
Lead ABA Therapist Confidence Connection Corporation Needham, MA Sep 09, 2013 $38,000
Lead ABA Therapist Confidence Connection Corporation Needham, MA Oct 01, 2012 $38,000

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Top Skills for An ABA Therapist


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Top ABA Therapist Skills

  1. Behavior Analysis
  2. ABA Therapy
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy in the home of children with Autism.
  • Provide quality ABA therapy to children with autism.
  • Provided intensive behavior intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Facilitate oral motor exercises, fine motor planning, play skills, social skills, language and communication.
  • Worked side by side with BCBA to come up with intervention programs using advanced data tracking and ABA methods.

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