What to Look for in Registered Behavior Technician Jobs

December 29, 2020Behavioral Health Services0 Comments

Strong and consistent attention to detail. Seemingly limitless reservoirs of flexibility. An abiding interest in, even fascination with, human behavior.

Sound like you? Then it’s no surprise you’re looking for Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) jobs!

Female school-based Registered Behavior Technician observes and takes notes as young school girl moves paper on whiteboard.You’re exactly the kind of person the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) field attracts, and RBT jobs are great way to get started using its principles and techniques to help people.

Once you’ve completed your 40 required hours of RBT training and have passed your RBT exam, you’re ready to put your RBT certification to good use. And, you could do so in plenty of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation, and recovery centers—even private homes.

At Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS), we encourage you to put your knowledge and skills to work in schools. If you agree with any of the statements below, you’ll want to find out more about how school-based Registered Behavior Technician jobs can give you exactly what you’re looking for.

“I Want an RBT Job That Gives Me a Sense of Satisfaction”

Many RBTs want this. The good news is a majority of them find it! Nearly 64% of RBTs surveyed feel their work makes the world a better place.

While RBTs can help developmentally and behaviorally challenged individuals of any age, we’ve seen the ones working with children find special satisfaction. 

In a school-based RBT job, you’ll almost certainly work with children who have autism. These students’ disorders mean they experience the world differently. Their experience prompts the challenging behaviors you’re addressing, but can also offer you unexpected insights into life.

You might serve as a student’s “shadow” at school. You’re exclusively supporting a specific student one-on-one, using your expertise in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to facilitate his/her academic and social success.

Imagine hearing a student who’s had trouble verbalizing finally ask—unprompted—for what she wants. Or imagine watching a student who’s prone to tantrums when overstimulated finally calm himself down without assistance. These are the kinds of behavioral breakthroughs RBTs get to witness. And, while not every day, the days they happen are memorable! Even non-dramatic days bring the knowledge that you’re making direct contributions to positive changes in a child’s life. 

“I Want an RBT Job Where I’m Sure My Supervisor’s Got My Back”

When considering Registered Behavior Technician jobs, ask what supervisory structures are in place and how well they’re working. After all, ongoing supervision from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is a fundamental feature of your job description. They develop the Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) you implement.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) requires you receive at least two face-to-face, real-time supervisory contacts each month. During at least one, your supervisor must observe you providing behavior analytic services (preferably in-person and on-site, although videoconferencing is permissible).

You must be supervised for at least 5% of your monthly hours providing services. Documenting your supervision is your responsibility. Keeping your RBT certification depends on it.

But, these are the bare minimums the RBT Handbook requires. Before taking the job, try to find out whether your supervisor considers meeting those thresholds “good enough,” or whether she intends to exceed them.

Ask questions about how accessible and proactive your supervisor will be. Be sure his expectations align with yours. Determine whether he views advocacy when necessary as part of his supervisory responsibility.

You may not be able to get a 100% accurate picture of what your supervision will actually look like. But, raising the issue now may minimize your risk of an unpleasant supervisory situation later.

“I Want an RBT Job Where I’ll Be Making a Good Salary”

As a Registered Behavior Technician, you’re a trained and skilled paraprofessional who provides valuable, even life-changing services, to students. You deserve fair compensation.

The RBT salary range extends from $23,000 at the low end to $45,000 at the high, with a median of $34,000, per year. The more experience you have and skilled you are, the higher you can expect your salary to be.

Only you can determine whether this salary range adequately meets your needs. One way you can take home more of each paycheck is by working as an Independent Contractor (IC). You’ll also have more flexibility for balancing your work and the rest of your life.

Find Out How PTS Can Help You Find Your Perfect RBT Job

When you join the PTS team, you dramatically increase your odds of finding everything RBTs are looking for in a job.

  • Our School-Based Academy equips practitioners for a smooth entry into the educational setting, where you’ll find unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Our Clinical Directors provide active and engaged clinical and administrative support to our therapists and are never farther than a phone call away.
  • Our exclusive use of—and support for—Independent Contractors includes help  acquiring insurance, ongoing opportunities for professional development, and ample chances to network with fellow therapists.

Check out PTS’ currently available Registered Behavior Technician jobs today.

We’ll strive to find your perfect placement—a job where you’ll not only find satisfaction, support, and a good salary, but also build a foundation for your future success as a behavior analyst.