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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online multidisciplinary human services degree often pursue advocacy, management, planning, and research positions focused on developing stronger communities.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • Group home
  • Residential facility
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency
  • Therapeutic school/camp

Criminal justice/corrections

  • Police department
  • Community-based living facility
  • Victim service program
  • Court
  • Prison

Educational institutions

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college


  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the department of health and human services

Health care

  • Senior housing facility
  • Clinic
  • Nursing home
  • Group home
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital

Mental health

  • Employee assistance program
  • Community mental health center
  • Residential treatment center
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Day treatment program

Private sector

  • Religious organization
  • Nonprofit organization

Common Job Titles/Positions

  • Advocate
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavioral specialist/ consultant
  • Behavioral technician
  • Case coordinator
  • Case manager
  • Child and family service reviewer
  • Community programs director
  • Development director
  • Director of community service
  • Director of office of child support service
  • Director of women's program
  • Education employment counselor
  • Employee assistance program representative
  • Executive director
  • Family activities coordinator
  • Grant writer
  • House manager
  • Housing specialist
  • Human services clinician
  • Instructor
  • Personal service coordinator
  • Project coordinator
  • Program associate
  • Program coordinator
  • Program manager/director
  • Program representative
  • Protective service caseworker
  • Referral specialist
  • Residential counselor
  • Senior center director
  • Social service administrator
  • Social service supervisor
  • Unit supervisor
  • Vocational specialist

*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.

Master of Science in Human Services

Data from graduates across all Master of Science in Human Services programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's Master of Science in Human Services program report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Career growth potential 61% Promotional opportunities 36% Salary and benefits 38% Tasks and responsibilites 44%

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.

Many of our Master of Science in Human Services alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Advanced in career or profession 25% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 7% Assumed a leadership role 24% Received a promotion 14% Received a salary increase 27% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 25% Received award 2% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 4% Conducted a research project 6% Served as a professional consultant 9%

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.