The Applied Behavioral Science program provides a base of theoretical knowledge and the hands-on skills needed to apply that knowledge effectively in working with people. The program aims to prepare graduates for a career that provides direct service to individuals in need of assistance. These opportunities exist in human service settings under a variety of job titles, such as social service technician, case management aide, social work assistant, residential counselor, alcohol or drug abuse counselor, mental health technician, child abuse worker, community outreach worker, and gerontology aide. In community and government settings, human service positions can be found in welfare, Medicaid, job training programs, or other agencies that evaluate client need and provide benefits. Finally, graduates of the Applied Behavioral Science program may find opportunities in both the private and public sectors as human resource professionals.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects opportunities for graduates of Applied Behavioral Science to be excellent through 2018. Opportunities are expected to be best in job training, residential settings, nursing homes, and private social service agencies. Local and state governments are also expected to employ additional graduates in correctional and public assistance programs. Positions will also increase in programs to assist the mentally impaired, the disabled, and those diagnosed as substance abusers.