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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

Career options for graduates of this online joint degree program include public administration and public safety leadership positions that require cross–disciplinary knowledge and skills in such settings as law enforcement, fire suppression, emergency management, emergency medical response, government and nonprofit agencies.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Correctional facility
  • Educational institution
  • Emergency communication 9-1-1 dispatch center
  • Emergency management agency
  • Fire services organization
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • International organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Law enforcement or justice organization
  • Municipal court system
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Political association
  • Private security firm
  • 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
  • Campus public safety officer
  • City manager
  • County support manager
  • Court service director
  • Crime scene investigator or unit manager
  • Data manager
  • Detective unit manager
  • Director
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Economic development manager
  • Emergency communications center manager
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency management planner
  • Emergency preparedness specialist or coordinator
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire service officer, battalion chief, or chief
  • Fundraising and development manager
  • Government relations manager
  • Highway safety specialist
  • Homeland security coordinator/manager
  • Human services manager
  • Instructor
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Law enforcement specialist
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Personnel security specialist
  • Planning manager
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Political leader (city official, mayor, governor)
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Private security firm manager
  • Probation and parole office manager
  • Program officer
  • Public safety manager
  • Public works manager
  • Research assistant
  • Social service provider or administrator
  • 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.