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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online gerontology degree may wish to pursue careers in management, education, or research with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, or health care facilities that work with an aging population.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Adult day care program
  • Community, human service, or religious organization
  • Educational institution or research setting
  • Government agency — local, state, federal
  • Health care organization or long-term care facility
  • Home care agency
  • Nonprofit organization focused on programs for the older adult population
  • Nursing home
  • Organization serving older workers and consumers
  • Professional association dedicated to aging issues
  • Retirement community or assisted living facility
  • Senior center

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Assisted living manager
  • Care coordinator
  • Case manager
  • Clinical instructor
  • Dementia program director
  • Director of nursing
  • Director of senior citizen service
  • Instructor
  • Mental health counselor specializing in aging issues
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Quality improvement coordinator
  • Regional health care manager
  • Research scientist
  • Social service director
  • Special care program manager
  • Wellness director

*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.