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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online public safety leadership degree often pursue career advancement or consulting careers in law enforcement, fire services, emergency response and other public safety professions.

Potential Employment Settings

  • 9-1-1 dispatch center
  • Corporation
  • Correctional facility — local, state, federal
  • Emergency communications
  • Emergency management agency
  • Federal government agencies
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Prisons
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
    • Federal Protective Service
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Office of Intelligence and Analysis
    • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    • Pentagon Police Department
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Department of Justice
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • U.S. Park Service Police
    • U.S. Secret Service
  • Fire services organization
  • Land
  • -based or online college or university
  • Law enforcement organization
  • Municipal court system
  • Private security firm
  • State government agencies
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole
    • Office of Emergency Management

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Campus public safety officer
  • Crime scene investigator or unit manager
  • Detective unit manager
  • Director of court service
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Emergency communications center manager
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency management planner
  • Emergency preparedness specialist or coordinator
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire service officer, battalion chief, or chief
  • Highway safety specialist
  • Homeland security coordinator/manager
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Instructor
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Law enforcement specialist
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Manager of private security firm
  • Personnel security specialist
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation and parole manager
  • Transportation security 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.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership 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 45% Promotional opportunities 41% Salary and benefits 41% Tasks and responsibilites 65%

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 Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Advanced in career or profession 25% Successfully changed careers 14% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6% Assumed a leadership role 24% Received a promotion 15% Received a salary increase 26% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 26% Received award 2% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 6% Conducted a research project 9% Served as a professional consultant 10%

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.