What is a Career in Behavioral Therapy Like in New Hampshire?
If you live in New Hampshire and would like to pursue a career in behavioral therapy, then you’re in luck! New Hampshire is full of accredited colleges and universities that offer excellent degree programs that can help you to make your dream a reality. Of course, choosing the right one and the right degree level can take quite a bit of thought and work. In order to help you find a program and school that is right for you, we’ve listed the different degree levels you can get in behavioral therapy and related fields and what you will be able to do with each degree. This way, you can begin to align your career goals with the educational path you will need to take in order to achieve them.
1.Associate’s Degree: An associate’s degree is a general two year old degree that marks the lowest level of higher education. It is typically obtained at a two year college or university, commonly termed a “community college;” there are several in the state of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, these degrees are basically useless in the behavioral therapy field, no matter what a particular school or college might promise. The only good reason to get an associate’s degree is if you plan to transfer the credits to an accredited undergraduate degree program. This is often much cheaper in the long run than earning your undergraduate degree in one four year period. Just make sure that you attend a program where the credits earned can be easily transferred.
2.Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree is the next step up (a big one!) from an associate’s degree. This is a four year degree, though some people may earn it in a shorter amount of time, particularly if they take classes online or take higher than the average number of credit hours per semester. A bachelor’s degree will be required for any higher level educational programs you wish to enroll in. While you cannot actually be a practicing behavioral therapist in the state of New Hampshire with only a bachelor’s degree, you can work at very entry level positions in the field, such as behavioral therapy assisting. This can be an excellent way to increase your experience level as you further your education.
3. Master’s Degree: The next step up from a bachelor’s degree is the coveted master’s degree. This degree is what most of the successful professionals in the behavioral therapy field will possess. A master’s degree can be earned in as little as one to two years, and programs are designed with professionals in mind, making it easy to balance a busy family life or a job with your educational pursuits. Also, be aware that several master’s degree programs in the state readily accept students with unrelated academic backgrounds, so you don’t have to go back to the beginning if you chose an undergraduate major before you knew of your interest in behavioral therapy. Upon completing your master’s degree and being licensed to practice therapy, you can begin working as a legitimate behavioral therapist.
4. Doctoral Degree: Some people choose to continue their educations after receiving their masters’ degrees for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases, it’s because they hope to gain a higher salary. Other times, they might have a goal of working in a managerial or research capacity or other job for which a PhD is required. Whatever the reason, almost everyone will work in the field while pursuing a PhD. Many programs will even require some work experience in the field. Generally, these degrees are completed in five years.