Skills and abilities: Excellent communication, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Good, detail-oriented observation. Willingness to work with a range of behavioural problems.
What you’ll be doing: You may decide to work in a research capacity, or in applied behaviour analysis, and specialise in one of many areas, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Identifying behaviours and skills to target through behavioural assessments
- Maintaining and increasing a person’s skills, or teaching new ones, such as social interaction
- Transferring behaviours, such as from controlled environments to the larger world
- Modifying environments to improve behaviours, isolating or removing interferences
- Reducing interfering behaviours such as self-harm
- Writing and revising treatment plans, and overseeing their implementation
- Training others, and increasing organisational functions
Career progression: Entry level positions require a bachelor’s degree, whilst a master’s is often required for senior roles, and you may then choose to become a board certified behaviour analyst. Careers in behavioural analysis usually begin with internships and assistant positions. You could manage a team or rise to other senior positions within an organisation, or choose to move into a related specialisation, such as behavioural economics, pharmacology, or toxicology.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)
The BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS) is an undergraduate programme that explores the science behind how the mind works, and the reasons why people behave the way they do.