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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.

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 Pā€“12 environment.

Career growth potential 82% Promotional opportunities 37% Salary and benefits 46% Tasks and responsibilites 60%

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 ā€“ 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 48% Successfully changed careers 18% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 25% Assumed a leadership role 40% Received a promotion 33% Received a salary increase 43% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 40% Received award 13% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 38% Conducted a research project 23% Served as a professional consultant 23%

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 ā€“ Q2 2012.