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How to Continue My Behavioral Therapy Education in Arkansas

If you're like many others, then you might have started working toward your dream of becoming a behavioral therapist by choosing to pursue either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in a related area. As you've likely already found, such a degree, in the state of Arkansas and in the rest of the world, can turn out to be virtually useless. Though it can be difficult and discouraging to not be able to find a job after earning your degree, you should know that things are not hopeless! First of all, those who have bachelor's degrees in the field can find work as behavioral therapy assistants, and those who have associate's degrees can easily transfer their credits to an accredited bachelor's degree program to continue their educations.

While most people don’t enter into the field hoping for careers as behavioral therapy assistants, this can provide excellent experience and can be a good way to earn money while you pursue additional education, if you choose to do so. There are many people in the state of Arkansas who possess master’s degrees and who are enjoying lucrative positions in the field. Even if you have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area, there are many master’s degree programs that are more than willing to accept such students. Often, this is regarded as a plus, since it makes the program more diverse and brings new perspectives to class discussions.

If you already have your master’s degree, you might not see any reason to continue your education. After all, it’s quite easy to find work in the state with only this degree level. What you might not know, however, is that behavioral therapists who have PhDs typically make much higher salaries than those who have only master’s degrees. Also, they are able to land almost any job in the field that they desire, so it’s definitely worth it to continue your education.

Typically, earning a PhD takes around five years. While this may sound like a very long time, it doesn’t have to be disrupting to your life or to your current job schedule. In today’s increasingly virtual world, a great many of your PhD classes will be hosted online through distance education programs, allowing you to get your work done around your own schedule and needs. Besides, almost all PhD programs are offered with working, busy adults in mind.

If you will be working in a related field as you continue your education, be sure you talk to your supervisor about your educational plans. Many related workplaces will actually fund all or part of your education, often in exchange for you promising to work for them once you graduate. Even those that don’t offer financial help will often be more than willing to work around your educational schedule within reason. Also, there is so much financial aid out there and so many opportunities available that there’s absolutely no excuse for not continuing your education and reaching for your dreams.