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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 Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Human Services degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career growth potential 49%Promotional opportunities 41%Salary and benefits 57%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Advanced in career or profession 28%Successfully changed careers 14%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6%Assumed a leadership role 23%Received a promotion 21%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.