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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.

†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 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 – 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 – Q2 2012.