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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Behavior Analysis

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The doctoral Behavior Analysis specialization is designed for behavior analyst professionals seeking to serve as academic, research, or clinical leaders in the field of behavior analysis. Learners integrate basic behavior analytic theory, as well as basic and applied research with the practice of applied behavior analysis. Upon completion, learners are prepared to pursue careers in leadership positions within the practice of applied behavior analysis as well as academic and research positions. In combination with a behavior-analytic dissertation, learners who complete this specialization can apply for the doctoral designation as a certified behavior analyst. These specialization requirements are not intended to prepare graduates for licensure as professional counselors or licensed psychologists.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Synthesize the science behind the behavior of living organisms and the relationship between behavior and environmental variables
  • Apply scientifically supported theories into the practice of behavior analysis for behaviors of social significance
  • Design and conduct research consistent with the basic principles of behavior analysis to contribute to the field of behavior analysis
  • Adhere to ethical expectations of the field in personal and professional interaction
  • Communicate professionally in the field of psychology

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Board certified behavior analyst (BCBA)
  • Clinical director
  • Behavior analyst
  • Professor of psychology

Employment settings to explore

  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Private practice
  • Individual and family services
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Hospital
  • K-12 public or private school

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 


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