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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online advanced studies in human behavior degree are often interested in non-clinical/non-treatment leadership, advocacy, or consulting positions in social and behavioral service organizations, or faculty positions in higher educational institutions. This degree program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the counseling, psychology or social work professions.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

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

Criminal justice/corrections

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

Educational institutions

  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • P–12 private school
  • P–12 public school
 

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
 

Policy and planning

  • Advocacy organization
  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Public interest group
 

Private sector

  • Church or other religious organization
  • Consulting firm or practice
  • Employee assistance program
  • Nonprofit organization
 

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Academic advising director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Care center director
  • Child care executive director
  • Child services executive director
  • College admissions director
  • Consultant
  • Court services supervisor
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational grant manager
  • Educational services executive director
  • Employee assistance program executive director
  • Executive director
  • Family services executive director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Grant acquisition director
  • Group home executive director
  • Intake director
  • Juvenile justice program executive director
  • Learning center director
  • Learning center executive director
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Program coordinator
  • Program evaluator
  • Program executive director
  • Rehabilitation executive director
  • Research director
  • Residential executive director
  • Social services executive director
  • Victim services executive director
 

*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.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

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.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

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.