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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to choose an online human behavior degree include behavioral science, education, psychology, or social service professionals pursuing leadership, management, or consulting positions in social and behavioral service or advocacy organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency

Criminal justice/corrections

  • Community-based living facility
  • Court
  • Juvenile justice program
  • Police department
  • Prison

Educational institutions

  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • P—12 school


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

Health care

  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Senior housing facility

Mental health

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

Private sector

  • Church or other religious organization
  • Employee assistance program
  • Nonprofit organization

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Academic advisor
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Care center manager
  • Case manager
  • Child advocate
  • Child care provider
  • Consultant
  • Employee assistance program manager
  • Family advocate
  • Group home manager
  • Intake coordinator
  • Learning center manager
  • Nonprofit coordinator or manager
  • Program administrator
  • Program coordinator
  • Program evaluator
  • Psychiatric assistant
  • Rehabilitation supervisor
  • Residential director
  • Social services supervisor

*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 Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report satisfaction with responsibilities and career growth potential. About 40% of graduates are employed in government/public sector or mental health industries. An additional third are employed in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, or social/community service settings.

Career growth potential 52% Promotional opportunities 47% Salary and benefits 45% Tasks and responsibilites 73%

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.

Approximately half the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report advancing in their careers or receiving salary increases. They also say assumed a leadership role or changed careers.

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% Received a salary increase 32% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 25% Received award 5% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 7% Conducted a research project 7% Served as a professional consultant 13%

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.