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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online counseling psychology degree often pursue a doctoral degree in counseling psychology or in a counseling-related field, but may also pursue counseling, employee assistance, or research positions in social service, health care, business or educational settings.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Community college
  • Community counseling center
  • Correctional facility
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Hospital — inpatient or outpatient
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Mental health clinic
  • Military
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private practice
  • Religious organization
  • Social service agency
 

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Behavior specialist
  • Community counselor
  • Counselor
  • Employee assistance program specialist
  • Instructor
  • Intake counselor
  • Master's level psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Psychology technician
  • Psychometrist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Researcher
  • Therapist
  • University 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.

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.