O*NET: Call for Inclusion of Behavior Analysis Occupations

Where can one find a thorough, authoritative job description of the behavior analysis occupations? There were over 90,600 certified behavior analysis professionals at the time of writing this article. Approximately 35,000 were behavior analysts and 55,000 behavior technicians in the workforce as of 2019 March 19. Yet CRDS conducted a search of these occupations on O*NET and retrieved no results.

The links we used are below. We hope you click these links someday soon and find the following occupations. In the meantime, we created a project to create and submit job information about these occupations to O*NET. This article explains what that means, why it matters, and how we plan to do it. You are welcome to join! Read to the end to find out how you can participate.

The Occupations We Searched

A. Behavior Technician: https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=Behavior+Technician

B. Behavior Analyst: https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=Behavior+Analyst

If our project is successful (or no longer needed), you will be able to click the links above and see a description of each occupation. When we started, there were no direct results.

What Is O*NET?

O*NET is a government sponsored online database containing descriptions of many thousands of occupations in the United States. O*NET is used by human resource management (HRM) professionals to define jobs in their organizations for processes such as recruiting, training, and performance appraisal.

How Is O*NET Used?

HR managers use O*NET to define job elements, tasks, duties, descriptions, and, ultimately, the job analyses. By looking at an occupation on O*NET, an HR manager can see the critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for an occupation that are common to many organizations. The amount of training required for a job, as well as the actual percentages of persons in the occupation and their education levels, can be found on O*NET.

What Is the Benefit of O*NET?

It is time consuming and expensive to define jobs thoroughly, so O*NET is a useful starting point by helping managers save time and get better results.

O*NET also provides details about the job, including survey data from persons working in the profession. This can include how frequently a person working in the field engages in a certain process (e.g., working directly with clients — 64 percent of respondents said “Almost every day”).

How Does O*NET Relate to CRDS?

Today, CRDS conducted a search for behavior analysis jobs on O*NET. No results were found for “Behavior Technician” or “Behavior Analyst,” despite these occupations having formal certification(s) and inclusion in many state laws for autism therapy. We discovered this problem and are able to help solve it, so we will lead the effort because it seems nobody else is pursuing it.

Why Is an O*NET Presence Important?

CRDS acknowledges that O*NET entries help to standardize how an occupation is described and included in organizations. Job descriptions based on information from O*NET are likely to share more properties, which may lead to more consistency across Behavior Technician and Behavior Analyst roles in organizations.

What Harm May Come From Not Having an O*NET Presence?

CRDS is concerned that these professions may be missing out on opportunities to develop in a more structured way. Today, we acknowledge the need to enter Behavior Technician and Behavior Analyst roles into the O*NET database.

IN case you are currently working on this initiative

If you or someone you know has already begun this process, please contact us.

CRDS Will Lead the Effort to Include Behavior Analysis Occupations on O*NET.

Our understanding as of the date of writing is that we will need to lead this effort ourselves in order for it to happen.

We will pursue this effort to the best of our abilities because behavior analysis professionals are part of the CRDS community. We serve researcher-practitioners in the social and behavioral sciences, including the developing professions of Behavior Technician and Behavior Analyst.

How to join the effort

CRDS hosts a GitHub repo to track progress on this initiative. For more general information, or to get involved, contact us.

Membership information

Not yet a member of CRDS? At the time of writing, donations are welcome and membership is free. Joining us during our early stage is a way of saying that you support our goals. Please consider joining CRDS today.

CRDS Initiatives for 2019

Date: March 9, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the website for Cumulative Records Documentation Society (CRDS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Twin Peaks, California, USA.

This letter introduces CRDS and outlines our 2019 initiatives:
Technical Production Assistance Program (TPAP), Professional Frameworks Program (PFP), and the Open Drawer Archive (ODA).

To make a donation or request additional information, contact us today.

I. Type of Organization.

CRDS is a professional membership organization that archives professional research and educational materials for non-commercial, public use.

II. Mission.

To archive professional research and educational materials for public use.

III. Activities or Programs that Illustrate CRDS’ Purpose.

CRDS engages in several programs to accomplish its mission. Two of these programs are detailed below. An active example is provided for each, with links for verification.

A. Technical Production Assistance Program (TPAP).

Through TPAP, CRDS provides content creators with the resources needed to produce high-quality educational content for public, non-commercial use. The program defines a “content creator” as a researcher-practitioner in the social and behavioral sciences, whose expertise offers a significant potential benefit to the public. Most content creators have research degrees (e.g., PhD, a research-oriented master’s), have occupied professional and academic roles, and have published on their topic of expertise in a peer-reviewed journal.

Step 1: Designing a Tangible Outcomes Plan (TOP). A CRDS technical producer helps the content creator develop a TOP. This is a formal plan defining the creator’s expertise, barriers to completion, and expected outcomes such as a video series, whitepapers, books, labs, etc. The creator agrees that materials are for public use under a non-commercial license (e.g., Creative Commons 4.0 – Attribution-Sharealike-Non-commercial).

Step 2: Implementing the TOP. The implementation process lasts 1-3 years. The CRDS technical producer assists the content creator in implementing the TOP through such activities as on-site filming and video editing, collaborating with peer-reviewers remotely, and typesetting electronic books. Producers are trained in coaching content creators through barriers to progress. Content is made available to the public incrementally during this stage.

Step 3: Graduating from the TPAP program. Upon completing the TOP and exit interview, a content creator receives a certificate of completion as a graduate of the TPAP program. TPAP graduates retain access to CRDS producers for purposes of refreshing materials (e.g., follow-up with recent scientific literature, updating books for a second edition, etc.).

Example: “The Essence of Regression” is an active TPAP project in an implementation stage. A CRDS technical producer travels on-site with a researcher-practitioner to produce educational content. The content creator is a full-time professor who shares knowledge about applied statistical models in personnel psychology. The YouTube channel can be viewed here.

Expanding the Audience: The TOP includes YouTube videos, downloadable datasets, and short documents. These materials will become part of our open-source archive for educators, self-learners, and professionals offering/receiving continuing education events.

B. Professional Frameworks Project (PFP).

Through the PFP program, CRDS expands its public archive of continuing education materials for specific professions. PFP follows a three-step process to obtain needed authorizations, develop partnerships, and manage releases of open source projects.

Step 1: Obtain authorization to build a PFP. Curriculum frameworks are a well-established activity of the U.S. government regarding learners in grades K-12. No government-backed professional curriculum has been created for post-baccalaureate internships in the social and behavioral sciences. CRDS developed the PFP to meet this need.

Example: In 2018, CRDS noted that a large proportion of its target membership was credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The board provides a list of professional skills required for certification but does not provide curriculum to teach and assess these skills. In 2018, CRDS became a continuing education provider with the board (verify here) and obtained legal authorization to create curriculum.

Step 2: Develop Partnerships to Build the PFP. Because curriculum is complex and time-consuming to develop, CRDS partnered with a book publisher who had developed similar curriculum through the board’s list in 2015. CRDS is in the process of converting the publisher’s copyrighted contents to a Creative Commons 4.0 – Attribution-Sharealike-Non-commercial license for public use.

Step 3: Stable releases and maintenance. CRDS uses tools from software development to track changes and manage releases.

C. Open Drawer Archive (ODA).

Through the ODA project, CRDS assists researcher-practitioners in the social and behavioral sciences with a repository for professional research and educational materials. ODA is a response to bias against non-significant results and preference for significant, low-probability findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Step 1: Licensing donated materials. Donors provide materials to CRDS. We help them with permissions from employers, schools, and publishers to release copyrighted materials for public use. Next, CRDS helps the donor select and implement a suitable non-commercial license.

Step 2: Adding materials to ODA. CRDS adds compliant materials to ODA. These are tagged and added to existing projects from the PFP program. Materials are made available to the public and protected for long-term release.

Example: An assistant professor has numerous research and professional projects. A subset of these projects reaches an unusually high standard and is featured in the professor’s curriculum vitae. The professor has developed many more materials that do not see publication, including appendices, original educational materials for teaching, and professional documents for consulting projects. These projects are kept in the professor’s desk drawer or hard drive. The professor works with CRDS to license these materials for public use. Colleagues now have access to these materials, which are useful in meta-analysis and other activities.

Step 3: Outreach activities connect researchers with interested parties. The CRDS notifies individuals that new contents have been added to ODA within their areas of interest.

IV. Contact.

For more information, please contact CRDS using the information below.

                                   Name: Benjamin Theisen

Email: postmaster (at) cumulativerecords.org

                                   Address: 753 Rose Ln 866, Twin Peaks, CA 92391

                                   Phone: +1 (747) 333-8826

We thank you, our membership, for all of your support. To provide a donation, please contact postmaster (at) cumulativerecords.org. If you are a researcher-practitioner in the social and behavioral sciences, we look forward to the opportunity to show you what CRDS can do for you.


Ben Theisen

Benjamin Theisen, PhD, MBA

Executive Director

Cumulative Records Documentation Society

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