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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online general social work degree often pursue leadership, faculty, or research positions in government, higher education and social service organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Community college
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Hospital or clinic
  • Nonprofit organization/Non-governmental organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Research organization
 

    Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Author or keynote speaker
  • Care coordination manager
  • Child, family, or school social worker
  • Clinical director
  • Clinical instructor
  • Director
  • Director of quality assurance
  • Full-time faculty
  • Human services director
  • Independent consultant
  • Medical or public health social worker
  • Mental health or substance abuse social worker
  • Nonprofit executive
  • Principal investigator
  • Program officer
  • Researcher
  • Senior social worker
 

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.