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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to choose an online general public administration degree include public administrators who want to pursue leadership positions in government agencies, public service organizations, or the political arena; or faculty positions in the fields of public administration, public affairs and political science.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Educational organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Political association
  • Professional association
  • Research organization
  • Special interest group
  • Think tank
  • Trade group

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Administrator of outreach
  • Analyst
  • Budget director
  • Chief of police/fire
  • City manager
  • Congressional policy advisor
  • County director
  • Data manager
  • Director
  • Economic development director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Government relations manager
  • Human services director
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager
  • Nonprofit executive
  • Parks and recreation director
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Program officer
  • Public safety director
  • Public works director
  • Research assistant

*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.

Doctoral Public Service Leadership Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership doctoral programs 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 55%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 64%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 43%

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 57%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 64%Assumed leadership responsibilities 71%Received a salary increase 71%Received a promotion 64%

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.