Individuals trained in applied behavior analysis at the master's level are in demand nationwide. Many careers in behavior analysis require a master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis or related field.
In Michigan, the demand is also high. Michigan's Autism Insurance Reform legislation went into effect in 2012. The new law requires health carriers to provide coverage for diagnoses and treatments related to autism spectrum disorders. However, Michigan lacks enough providers to immediately serve the needs of all of the children in the state with autism. According to the Autism Alliance of Michigan, there are over 15,000 kids in Michigan and not enough Board Certified Behavior Analysts in Michigan to help those families.
This program is the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula, where demand is especially high for behavior analysts.
Where you might work:
- Outpatient mental health facilities
- Rehabilitation centers
- In industry trying to improve worker efficiency
Salary range: Typically, applied behavior analysts earn between $60,000-80,000 a year.