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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online social and community services degree often pursue management or community outreach 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
  • Family preservation agency
  • Head start center
  • Private child welfare organization
  • Public child welfare organization

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
  • Community organizer
  • Consultant
  • Family specialist
  • Generalist case manager
  • Probation or correctional treatment specialist
  • Program coordinator
  • Program manager

*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.

Master of Science in Human Services Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science 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.

Career growth potential 49%Promotional opportunities 41%Salary and benefits 57%

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.

Advanced in career or profession 28%Successfully changed careers 14%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6%Assumed a leadership role 23%Received a promotion 21%

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.