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What is Behavioral Science?
Behavioral science is the area of study and practice that deals with human interaction and how such interactions can affect various forms of development. Individuals pursuing a career in this field will have an understanding of basic and complex human behavior, and how to utilize such information in order to assist others. Individuals who pursue a graduate or post graduate education will seek enter into experimental areas of the field, utilizing studies in order to further the understanding of such behaviors.
An education in behavioral science requires at minimum a bachelor's degree in order to be able to seek employment. Bachelor degree holders typically seek employment in the related counseling and social work fields. This is due to the similar education received, and the benefit of understanding human interaction on order to communicate and assist others. As mentioned above, higher levels of education allow for clinical studies and teaching positions, which are similar options for the sciences in general.
A curriculum may include:
- Human World Views
- Abnormal Psychology
- Theories of Personality
- Cultural Anthropology
- Social Change
Most behavior science majors will seek employment in the related fields of counseling and social work. As a result their primary employers will be government jobs, private organizations, hospitals, or other similar positions where the need for such a figure is in place. Individuals seeking out positions in the field of behavioral science will seek employment with organizations or institutions that conduct research and experiments in the field, many of which receive federal funding. Teaching positions are also available for those with a graduate level degree or higher, allowing for additional or full time employment, though such positions may be limited due to experience.
Job Growth, Salary, and Related Fields
The areas of employment that are affected by or can utilize the skills learned through behavioral science, such as counseling or social work, are expected to grow over the next decade due to an increase in the importance placed on such services in order to strengthen societal bonds and assist in overall development. Given the high turnover of those fields, combined with the expansion of services, employment should not be difficult to find. This is also true for those seeking careers in behavioral science, which is primarily limited by education rather than job openings or opportunities. Salaries will vary based on location, type of employment, experience and education, and given the variety of jobs available it is difficult to provide a median wage.