How to Make Your Next Behavioral Therapist Hire

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Last updated at 09-19-2020 10:07:32



More than 1,837 companies advertise 20,712 Behavioral Therapist 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 Behavioral Therapist most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 5,150 job posts from 906 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 12.6% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 59 Behavioral Therapist job seekers for every active Behavioral Therapist job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Behavior Technician, Mental Health Technician, Case Manager, Customer Service Representative, Behavioral Specialist, Behavioral Therapist, Social Worker, Aba Therapist, Administrative Assistant, and Therapist seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Behavioral Therapist candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Behavior Technician, Mental Health Technician, Case Manager, Behavioral Specialist, Behavioral Therapist, Aba Therapist, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Social Worker, and Receptionist. 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 Behavioral Therapist candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 8.0% of the active Behavioral Therapist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 24.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 38.8% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 7.1 years to 7.1 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, childcare, applied behavior analysis, bilingualism, Spanish, experience with children, English, autism experience, and multilingual. Demand for multilingualism, English, Spanish, bilingualism, addiction counseling, customer service, developmental disabilities experience, organizational skills, data collection, and Microsoft Office has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Behavioral Therapist with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 3.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 36.9% 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 220.0%.

Example Behavioral Therapist responsibilities

  • Work with patients to understand factors that contribute to behavioral problems
  • Engage in face-to-face conversations or use telephones to contact members
  • Carrell patients' mental health and emotional issues
  • Perform therapy sessions and development programs
  • Provide mental health counseling for children, adolescents, and adults


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 Behavioral Therapist positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida are the states that have the highest demand for Behavioral Therapists. California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Massachusetts are where most job seekers are searching for Behavioral Therapist jobs. If we look at the Behavioral Therapist to job ratio, Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have the lowest number of Behavioral Therapist applicants per job. Wyoming, South Dakota, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee have the most active Behavioral Therapist 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 301,311 job seekers interested in Behavioral Therapist opportunities in the United States. That’s a 19.8% increase compared to the previous quarter with 251,425 active job seekers. Around 8.0% of the active Behavioral Therapist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 24.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 38.8% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Behavioral Therapist candidates is 7.1 years. Active candidates in the Behavioral Therapist profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by master's degrees, high school diplomas, and associate'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 Behavioral Therapist 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 2,400 Behavioral Therapists from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc., Trumpet Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Works, Inc., Minnesota Autism Center, Genesis Behavior Center, ACES (Autism Comprehensive Educational Services), CENTRIA HEALTHCARE, Autism Learning Partners, 360 Behavioral Health, and Maxim Healthcare Group.

After analyzing post-interview data from Behavioral Therapist candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 38.1% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 89.2% 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 Behavioral Therapist candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and problem solving exercises. Most employers do not require a group interview or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Behavioral Therapist quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 67.3% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 51% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What is your therapeutic philosophy?
  • What do you enjoy most about being a behavioral therapist?
  • What makes you uniquely qualified for the position?
  • Are you willing to work nights and weekends?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge facing a behavioral therapist in today’s society?

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 Behavioral Therapist salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 0% from $44,524.83 to $44,312.82 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Behavioral Therapist positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 67.7%, healthcare insurance by 66.7%, dental insurance by 59.1%, vision insurance by 54.8%, a 401k plan by 50.5%, discounts by 17.2%, and stock options/grants by 4.3%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including location variety, sabbaticals, somewhat remote, mostly remote, paternity leave, flexible working hours, fully remote, and maternity leave, to attract and retain Behavioral Therapist candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 54.6% of the employers conducted a background check, and 19.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Behavioral Therapist candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Behavioral Therapist, 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 Behavioral Therapist candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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