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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested in an online general addiction counseling degree include addiction prevention and treatment professionals who wish to pursue licensure or certification, or advance to supervisory or leadership positions in the field.

Potential Employment Settings

Educational institutions

  • Community college
  • Head start center
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Public/private K-12 school

Health care

  • Behavioral health unit in hospital
  • Clinic
  • Criminal justice/corrections
  • Detoxification center
  • Group home
  • HIV/AIDS clinic
  • Halfway house
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital
  • Hospital emergency room/trauma unit
  • Nursing home
  • Inpatient drug rehabilitation program
  • Juvenile detention center
  • Methadone maintenance program
  • Prison
  • Probation/parole department
  • Research facility


  • Certification board
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Licensing organization
  • School pupil personnel department
  • Social service agency
  • State monitoring board

Mental health

  • Community mental health center
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Mental health agency
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Partial (day treatment) hospital
  • Private practice
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
  • Therapeutic community

Private sector

  • Church
  • Consulting practice
  • Employee assistance program
  • Group practice
  • Insurance company
  • Private practice

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Addiction counselor
  • Addictionologist/medical director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Behaviorist
  • Case manager
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Co-occurring disorders counselor
  • Detox specialist
  • Family therapist
  • HIV counselor
  • Recovery coach
  • Researcher
  • Residential counselor
  • Substance abuse professional
  • Vocational counselor

*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.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report satisfaction with responsibilities and career growth potential. About 40% of graduates are employed in government/public sector or mental health industries. An additional third are employed in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, or social/community service settings.

Career growth potential 52% Promotional opportunities 47% Salary and benefits 45% Tasks and responsibilites 73%

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.

Approximately half the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report advancing in their careers or receiving salary increases. They also say assumed a leadership role or changed careers.

Advanced in career or profession 35% Successfully changed careers 22% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 4% Assumed a leadership role 24% Received a promotion 19% Received a salary increase 32% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 25% Received award 5% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 7% Conducted a research project 7% Served as a professional consultant 13%

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.