Careers & Opportunities

Prepare for a career in a variety of possible settings, including social service agencies and educational institutions. Graduates of the Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd program may choose to work as applied behavior analysts or become Board Certified behavior analysts.

Field Experience

You are required to complete six credit hours of practica in a variety of settings to learn how different agencies implement behavior analytic approaches in order to change socially important behaviors. The practica will consist of two different experiences, 150 hours each, at sites outside of your regular workplace. You’ll gain hands-on experience applying the science you learn in the classroom to a real-world setting for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Options for practica include working with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, substance abuse histories, and traumatic brain injuries as well as supporting staff and supervisors. Practicum service delivery may be in areas such as assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, behavioral economics, effective educational strategies, and organizational behavior management. Students may work in settings including clinics, general education classrooms, special education classrooms and residential settings, among others.

Some examples of practicum sites include

Some or all of your Temple practicum hours may be used to partially fulfill the Behavior Analyst Certification Board supervised experience requirements if these hours meet the BACB’s criteria. Practicum hours are considered verified supervised experience by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

School & Community Partnerships 

As part of its mission to give back to the surrounding community and provide substantive fieldwork experiences for its students, the College of Education and Human Development has formed partnerships with more than 25 institutions and organizations.

Career Services

The College of Education and Human Development offers a range of career development services to its students. You can also visit the university Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

You’ll also have access to

Career support and networking opportunities are also available through the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Philadelphia Metropolitan Association for Behavior Analysis.


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$88,020.00 (2019)

Personal Care Aides


Psychologists, All Other

$101,790.00 (2019)

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$83,330.00 (2019)

Social and Human Service Assistants

$35,060.00 (2019)

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) as of June 05, 2020.