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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

This online multidisciplinary human services degree prepares you for a broad range of human service leadership, management, faculty, and consulting positions focused on developing stronger communities or advancing the skills of the next generation of human service leaders.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • Group home
  • Residential facility
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency
  • Therapeutic school/camp

Criminal justice/corrections

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

Educational institutions

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college


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

Health care

  • Senior housing facility
  • Clinic
  • Nursing home
  • Group home
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital

Mental health

  • Employee assistance program
  • Community mental health center
  • Residential treatment center
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Day treatment program

Private sector

  • Religious organization
  • Nonprofit organization

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Advocate
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavioral specialist/ consultant
  • Behavioral technician
  • Case manager
  • Child and family service reviewer
  • Community programs director
  • Development director
  • Director of human services
  • Director of community service
  • Director of office of child support service
  • Director of women's program
  • Employee assistance program director
  • Employment counselor
  • Executive director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Grant writer
  • House manager
  • Housing specialist
  • Human services clinician
  • Lobbyist
  • Program associate
  • Program manager/director
  • Protective service caseworker
  • Referral specialist
  • Senior center director
  • Social service administrator
  • Social service supervisor
  • Trainer/instructor
  • Unit supervisor
  • Vocational 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.

PhD in Human Services Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Human Services degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 40%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 40%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 50%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or “agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Made a significant contribution to my profession 40%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 60%Assumed leadership responsibilities 70%Received a salary increase 70%Received a promotion 60%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.