How to Make Your Next Behavior Technician Hire

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Last updated at 09-15-2020 11:00:11



More than 4,657 companies advertise 65,282 Behavior Technician jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Behavior Technician most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 20,475 job posts from 2,734 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 21.3% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 61 Behavior Technician job seekers for every active Behavior Technician job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Behavior Technician, Customer Service Representative, Mental Health Technician, Case Manager, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Behavioral Specialist, Aba Therapist, Babysitter/Nanny, and Direct Support Professional seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Behavior Technician candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Behavior Technician, Customer Service Representative, Mental Health Technician, Case Manager, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Behavioral Specialist, Aba Therapist, Behavioral Therapist, and Direct Support Professional. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Behavior Technician candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 9.7% of the active Behavior Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 30.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 37.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 22.8% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 7.5 years to 7.5 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include communication skills, data collection, applied behavior analysis, childcare, autism experience, experience with children, teaching, time management, computer skills, and developmental disabilities experience. Demand for teaching, documentation review, writing skills, mentoring, training & development, English, Spanish, computer literacy, Microsoft Excel, and applied behavior analysis has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Behavior Technician with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.7 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 36.7% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 70.0%.

Example Behavior Technician responsibilities

  • Plan and implement positive behavioral interventions, applying techniques and strategies
  • Facilitate the use of behavioral supports
  • Provide care for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Handle and restrain individuals exhibiting dangerous behaviors or those who are assaultive
  • Document incidents and educate patients on safety procedures


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Behavior Technician positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas are the states that have the highest demand for Behavior Technicians. Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are where most job seekers are searching for Behavior Technician jobs. If we look at the Behavior Technician to job ratio, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Illinois, Arizona, and Maine have the lowest number of Behavior Technician applicants per job. Wyoming, Mississippi, Nevada, Louisiana, and Utah have the most active Behavior Technician job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 1,250,204 job seekers interested in Behavior Technician opportunities in the United States. That’s a 47.8% increase compared to the previous quarter with 846,114 active job seekers. Around 9.7% of the active Behavior Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 30.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 37.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 22.8% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Behavior Technician candidates is 7.5 years. Active candidates in the Behavior Technician profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by high school diplomas, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Behavior Technician candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 8,418 Behavior Technicians from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including CENTRIA HEALTHCARE, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc., Autism Learning Partners, Hopebridge, LLC, Maxim Healthcare Group, Butterfly Effects, LLC, BlueSprig, ACES (Autism Comprehensive Educational Services), Action Behavior Centers, and Gateway Pediatric Therapy.

After analyzing post-interview data from Behavior Technician candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 39.9% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.2% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Behavior Technician candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and drug test. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Behavior Technician quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 74.6% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 53% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What are your teaching techniques to change a student’s disruptive behavior?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Behavior Technician salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 9% from $37,675.65 to $41,128.54 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Behavior Technician positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 76.5%, paid time off by 74.7%, dental insurance by 65.8%, vision insurance by 58.0%, a 401k plan by 48.2%, discounts by 17.5%, and stock options/grants by 3.2%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including somewhat remote, sabbaticals, flexible working hours, fully remote, location variety, maternity leave, mostly remote, and paternity leave, to attract and retain Behavior Technician candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 60.9% of the employers conducted a background check, and 31.5% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Behavior Technician candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Behavior Technician, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Behavior Technician candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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