Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #433
Branching Out: How to Market Yourself and Leverage Your Skills in the "Non-Traditional" Job Market
Monday, May 27, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 202 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Anthony Biglan (Oregon Research Institute)
ASHLEY EDEN GREENWALD (University of Nevada, Reno)
KATHRYN M. ROOSE (State of Nevada, Division of Child and Family Services)

A common refrain in the field of behavior analysis is the lack of understanding from the population at large regarding the use of behavior science outside work relating to Autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, behavior analysts, with or without a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation, may find it difficult to step out of traditional fields, not knowing how to market themselves and their skills. Job postings with the words “behavior analyst” or “BCBA” are most often for clinical work, and some individuals in the field may be in search of alternate employment opportunities, and they are not sure where to look. How can behavior analysts and behavior scientists market their skills to branch out into "non-traditional" fields? The panel will describe how to leverage skills learned in behavior analysis education and training to branch out into novel fields, including interdisciplinary collaboration and advocacy for behavior analytic services at the community, county, and state levels.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Interested individuals should have a basic understanding of behavior analytic concepts, principles, and practice.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify aspects of their behavior analytic training that are relevant to areas outside Autism and ID/DD; (2) identify components of an elevator pitch or job interview that convey the importance of behavior science in general work settings; (3) discuss some settings that may be most welcoming to individuals with behavior analytic training and experience.
Keyword(s): careers, dissemination



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