What types of career opportunities are available for autism studies graduates? Hear more about this topic from Dr. Rowe.
INTERVIEWER: What are some of the career opportunities available for graduates?
SUBJECT: They will be in a huge range of possibilities. Some will work in the school district. There is a trend in the schools for them and one of the things that we've experienced with a number of our graduates or undergraduates here graduating is that the schools are very attracted by the idea of having applied behavior analysis because it is an evidence-based practice. So school districts are very interested in hiring these individuals.
With the concentration, there are higher-level instructional aides that would work with these kids and they would actually be the ones to shadow them throughout the day. So they develop a relationship with one particular kid or a couple of particular kids and then they are actually in the classroom with the teachers assisting the teachers in instructing these kids. So they make a big difference in these kids' lives.
They could be out working in behavioral health centers that work with kids with autism. They could be working in hospital settings. They do a lot of evaluations in hospital settings and working with these kids in those settings. They could be in research areas doing research on this particular field and applied behavior analysis and how it impacts children.
Of course, various practices, physician practices that would be out there, would hire these individuals. They could be working in residential programs. So for teenagers and adults and even children who have residential programs, they could be working with those individuals, as well-- so a real range in terms of what they do.