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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

†Most positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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.