What is the Science of Behavior in Psychology?

May 22 / Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA, IBA
The science of learning and behavior, also known as behavior analysis, is a powerful and versatile field within psychology that focuses on understanding and improving human behavior.

Rooted in empirical research and evidence-based practices, behavior analysis examines the principles that govern behavior and how these principles can be applied to create positive changes in individuals' lives. 

Understanding Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is a branch of psychology that falls under Division 25 of the American Psychological Association (APA). It is concerned with understanding how behavior works, how it is affected by the environment, and how learning occurs. Behavior analysts study observable behavior and the environmental factors that influence it, using this knowledge to develop interventions that improve social, educational, and health outcomes for any person, regardless of diagnosis, age, race, social class or ability Misconceptions About Careers in Psychology

Misconceptions About Careers in Psychology

A common misconception among psychology students is the belief that a graduate degree is necessary to practice psychology and make a meaningful impact. While advanced degrees open many doors, they are not the only path to a rewarding career in the field. In fact, behavior analysis offers a unique career path that begins with a certification requiring as little as a high school diploma.

Introducing the Empowered RBT™ Program

For students and career seekers interested in behavior analysis, the Empowered RBT™ (Registered Behavior Technician) program offers an excellent solution. This certification provides a practical and accessible entry point into the field, allowing individuals to gain valuable experience and make a difference while deciding on long-term career goals.

What is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)?

A RBT is a paraprofessional who works under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to implement behavior-analytic services. The role involves direct work with clients to improve various behavioral issues, often in settings such as schools, clinics, and homes. The RBT certification is an ideal starting point for those looking to enter the field of behavior analysis, or psychology, without committing to years of graduate study.

Benefits of Becoming a RBT

1. Quick Entry into the Workforce:  The RBT certification process can be completed relatively quickly, allowing individuals to start working and gaining experience sooner.
2. Hands-On Experience:  RBTs work directly with clients, providing practical experience that is invaluable for those considering a career in psychology or behavior analysis.
3. Flexible Career Options:  Working as a RBT can help individuals explore different aspects of behavior analysis and determine their specific areas of interest – different clients, different settings.
4. Support and Supervision:  RBTs receive ongoing supervision and support from BCBAs, ensuring they develop strong foundational skills in behavior analysis.
5. Pathway to Advanced Roles:  Experience as an RBT can pave the way for further education and certification, such as becoming a BCBA.

Propel Your Career with Empowered RBT™

Our Empowered RBT™ program is designed to provide comprehensive training and support for individuals seeking to enter the field of behavior analysis. We offer a structured curriculum that covers the essential principles and practices of behavior analysis, preparing you for the RBT certification exam and your future career.

Why Choose Empowered RBT™?

Expert-Led Training:  Learn from experienced professionals who are dedicated to your success and passionate about the science of learning & behavior.
Flexible Learning Options:  Our program is designed to accommodate busy schedules, with online and in-person training options available.
Career Support: We provide ongoing career support, helping you navigate job opportunities and professional development in the field of behavior analysis.
Community and Networking: Join a community (online and in-person) of like-minded individuals and professionals who share your passion for improving lives through behavior analysis.


The science of behavior in psychology offers a dynamic and impactful career path that does not necessarily require an advanced degree. With the Empowered RBT™ program, you can begin your journey in behavior analysis, gaining valuable experience and making a meaningful difference while exploring your long-term career options. Embrace the opportunity to empower yourself and others through the principles of behavior analysis and take the first step toward a rewarding and fulfilling career.
For more information about the Empowered RBT™ program and how to get started, visit our website, or contact us today. Your future in behavior analysis awaits!
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1. Empowered RBT™ - self-paced 40-hour Training: Complete in as little as 5 days, This course satisfies the 40-hour requirement to become a RBT and International Behavior Technician* Graduates gain access to our Exclusive Employer Partner database. Join a career with over 120k people making a difference and leading with compassion. (*Once you are certified as a Registered Behavior Technician, you can apply for the IBT addition through the IBAO).
2. RBT Competency Assessment: We offer live Competency Assessment cohorts throughout the year*. You are assigned a BCBA mentor and a pathway to employment. Gain confidence and access to our Exclusive Employer Partner database. Free bonus: RBT Board Exam review course.

Over 600+ students have successfully completed our programs. Individual outcomes include: RBT certification, grad school focus, advancement in current role, confidence in supporting others to live their best life and gaining a skillset that applies to their own life!
*Competency Assessments are offered exclusively to Empowered RBT™ students and graduates. If you completed your 40-hour training with another provider, and need a Competency Assessment you can register for one of our Empowered RBT™ courses here.

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