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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online mental health counseling degree often pursue mental health counselor positions within institutional, community, and private practice settings.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency
  • Group home
  • Residential facility
  • Therapeutic school/camp

Educational institutions

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

Health care

  • Clinic
  • Employee assistance program
  • Group home
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital
  • Inpatient facility
  • Nursing home

Mental health

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

Private sector

  • Church
  • Consulting
  • Group practice
  • Private practice

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Behavioral disorder counselor
  • Counselor
  • Educational counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist
  • 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.

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling 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 52%Promotional opportunities 47%Salary and benefits 45%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

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%

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.