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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP

PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Social and Community Services specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online social and community services degree often pursue higher education faculty positions, or advanced research, consulting or leadership positions in public or private organizations focused on serving community needs.

Potential Employment Settings

Aging/gerontology
  • Area agency on aging
  • Hospital or medical center
  • Mental health center
  • Senior center
Child welfare/children's services
  • Adoption/foster care agency
  • Child day care
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Early intervention program
  • Head start center
  • Private child welfare organization
  • Public child welfare organization
  • Therapeutic school/camp
Community organization
  • Advocacy organization
  • Community action agency
  • Development corporation
  • Neighborhood community center
Employment/occupational social services
  • Business
  • Clinic
  • Corporation
  • Employee assistance program
  • Group home
  • Department of juvenile justice
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital
  • Labor union
  • Nursing home
  • Organizational development department
  • Department of criminal justice
International social services
  • International aid organization
  • Relief organization
  • International human rights agency
  • Refugee relief agency
Management/administration
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Health
  • Probation department
  • Social service agency
Mental health/clinical social services
  • Community mental health center
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Day treatment program
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
Policy and planning
  • Advocacy organization
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Public interest group
  • Voluntary health and welfare council

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Advisor
  • Case manager/worker
  • Director
  • Executive director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Program manager
  • School social worker
  • Social worker
  • Supervisor

*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.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates Transcript

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.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates Transcript

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.