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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

This online public safety leadership degree takes public safety leadership to the executive level for those who plan to lead, teach, or consult in the field of public safety, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, criminal justice, corrections and other public and private security and protective professions.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Corporate security firm
  • Correctional facility or prison
  • Emergency dispatch center
  • Emergency communication agency
  • Emergency management agency — local, state, federal
  • Federal government agencies
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Bureau of Prisons
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
    • Federal Protective Service
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Office of Intelligence and Analysis
    • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    • Pentagon Police Department
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Department of Justice
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • U.S. Park Service
    • U.S. Secret Service
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Law enforcement organization — local, state, federal
  • Municipal court system
  • Private security firm
  • State government agencies
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief detective
  • Crime scene investigative unit manager
  • Detective
  • Director of court service
  • Disaster preparedness director
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Emergency communications/9-1-1 manager or director
  • Emergency manager
  • Emergency medical services director
  • Emergency operation center director
  • Emergency preparedness specialist or coordinator
  • Fire chief, battalion chief or marshal
  • Fire department operations center manager
  • Full-time faculty
  • Law enforcement officer, from officer to chief executive
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Manager of private security firm
  • Personnel security specialist
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation, parole, correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Public safety communication supervisor
  • Public safety director, assistant director, or officer
  • Public safety technology officer
  • 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.

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.