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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online general social work degree often pursue leadership, faculty, or research positions in government, higher education and social service organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Community college
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Hospital or clinic
  • Nonprofit organization/Non-governmental organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Research organization

    Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Author or keynote speaker
  • Care coordination manager
  • Child, family, or school social worker
  • Clinical director
  • Clinical instructor
  • Director
  • Director of quality assurance
  • Full-time faculty
  • Human services director
  • Independent consultant
  • Medical or public health social worker
  • Mental health or substance abuse social worker
  • Nonprofit executive
  • Principal investigator
  • Program officer
  • Researcher
  • Senior social worker

*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 Social Work Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 63%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 69%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 77%

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 63%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 50%Assumed leadership responsibilities 67%Received a salary increase 57%Received a promotion 47%

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.