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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online general public administration degree often pursue management or leadership positions in government agencies, public service organizations or public-private community networks.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Educational institution
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • International organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Political association
  • Professional association
  • Research organization
  • Special interest group
  • Think tank
  • Trade group
 

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Analyst
  • Assistant city manager
  • City manager
  • County support manager
  • Data manager
  • Director
  • Economic development manager
  • Fundraising and development manager
  • Government relations manager
  • Human services manager
  • Instructor
  • Manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Planning manager
  • Political leader (city official, mayor, governor)
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Program officer
  • Public safety manager
  • Public works manager
  • Research assistant
  • Social service provider or administrator
 

*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.