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Working As A Behavior Analyst

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavior Analyst Do

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Duties

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, or problem behavior and assess their readiness for treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, also called addiction counselors, work with clients individually and in group sessions. Many incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to guide their practice. They teach clients how to cope with stress and life’s problems in ways that help them recover. Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.

Some addiction counselors work in facilities that employ many types of healthcare and mental health professionals. Addiction counselors may work with psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, and registered nurses to develop treatment plans and coordinate care for patients.

Some counselors work with clients who have been ordered by a judge to receive treatment for addiction. Others work with specific populations, such as teenagers, veterans, or people with disabilities. Some specialize in crisis intervention; these counselors step in when someone is endangering his or her own life or the lives of others. Other counselors specialize in noncrisis interventions, which encourage a person with addictions or other issues to get help. Noncrisis interventions often are performed at the request of friends and family.

Some substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in private practice, where they work alone or with a group of counselors or other professionals. These counselors manage their practice as a business. This includes working with clients and insurance companies to receive payment for their services. In addition, they market their practice to bring in new clients.

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How To Become A Behavior Analyst

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree. Workers with more education are able to provide more services to their clients, such as private one-on-one counseling sessions, and they require less supervision than those with less education. Those interested should research their state’s educational requirements.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in private practice must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-issued exam and complete continuing education every year. Contact information for your state's regulating board can be found through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The licensure or certification criteria for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, not all states require a specific degree, but many require applicants to pass an exam. Contact information for your state’s licensing board can be found through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients or other professionals and must be able to develop and nurture good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. They need to give their full attention to a client to be able to understand that client’s problems and values.

Patience. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to remain calm when working with all types of clients, including those who may be distressed or angry.

Speaking skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that their clients easily understand.

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Behavior Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

71.0%

Male

27.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.6%

French

8.6%

Russian

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Korean

2.9%
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Behavior Analyst Education

Schools

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

10.2%

Ball State University

10.2%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

6.3%

Kaplan University

5.9%

Saint Cloud State University

5.9%

Saint Joseph's University

5.4%

University of North Texas

4.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.9%

Florida State University

4.9%

Auburn University

4.4%

Florida International University

4.4%

Capella University

4.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

National University

3.4%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%
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Majors

Counseling Psychology

23.3%

Psychology

20.8%

Special Education

14.7%

Clinical Psychology

5.0%

Social Work

4.5%

School Counseling

4.0%

Education

4.0%

Business

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Human Services

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%

Rehabilitation Science

1.8%

Human Development

1.6%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.3%

Behavioral Sciences

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

51.9%

Bachelors

22.7%

Other

10.4%

Doctorate

6.9%

Certificate

6.1%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Behavior Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Behavior Analyst Continuous Learning Group Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 19, 2011 $216,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Positive Reinforcement ABA Therapy Manchester, NH Nov 01, 2014 $187,830
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Nov 07, 2014 $104,350
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Nov 05, 2014 $104,350
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA May 11, 2015 $104,350
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Oct 22, 2014 $104,350
Certified Behavior Analyst Positive Behavior Supports Corporation Stuart, FL Apr 28, 2014 $104,350 -
$125,220
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Jan 11, 2016 $104,350
Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Jan 10, 2016 $104,350
Behavior Analyst IV Hawthorne Foundation, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2016 $96,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Anthony T. Fischetti, P.A. San Jose, CA May 25, 2015 $93,915
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Nov 23, 2015 $87,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Family Priority, LLC Fairfax, VA Apr 13, 2016 $87,000
Board Certifed Behavior Analyst MacOmb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 02, 2016 $75,026
Board Certified Behavior Analyst MacOmb-Oakland Regional Center, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 02, 2016 $75,026
SR. Behavior Analyst Center for Children With Special Needs Wilton, CT Oct 06, 2012 $75,000
SR. Behavior Analyst Center for Children With Special Needs Glastonbury, CT Oct 11, 2011 $75,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Supervisor Intercare Therapy, Inc. Hayward, CA Oct 01, 2013 $71,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Supervisor Intercare Therapy, Inc. Hayward, CA Jul 24, 2013 $71,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Supervisor Intercare Therapy, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2014 $71,000
Behavior Analyst Columbus Medical Services TN Sep 15, 2013 $58,000
Behavior Analyst Positive Behavior Supports Corporation Irving, TX Sep 15, 2016 $58,000
Behavior Analyst The Human Development Center, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 11, 2010 $57,000
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, FL Jan 11, 2016 $55,477
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Sacred Heart Health System, Inc. Pensacola, FL Sep 08, 2015 $55,477
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Confidence Connection Corporation Needham, MA Jan 10, 2016 $55,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Behavior Analyst

Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
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$54,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
OCHSNER HEALTH SYS
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Behavior Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Behavior Analyst in the United States is $54,501 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

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Top Skills for A Behavior Analyst

  1. Behavioral Issues
  2. ABA
  3. Data Collection
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation regarding behavioral issues to build more effective behavior support environments.
  • Use ABA therapy to increase language, communication skills, attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics.
  • Completed functional assessment interviews; established and trained staff in baseline data collection procedures.
  • Provided training to school personnel and parents regarding county approved Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques as well as behavior management skills.
  • Support clients with their individual treatment plans and make necessary referrals for substance abuse, psychological assessments and individual/family therapy.

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Top 10 Best States for Behavior Analysts

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Wyoming
  4. Maine
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Connecticut
  7. Hawaii
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