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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

Common jobs with an online PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior include Family services executive director, Educational Consultant, Grant acquisition director, or Program executive director. This degree program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the counseling, psychology or social work professions.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social services
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency
  • Group home
  • Residential facility
  • Therapeutic school/camp

Criminal justice/corrections

  • Community-based living facility
  • Court
  • Juvenile justice program
  • Police department
  • Prison
  • Probation department
  • Victim service program

Educational institutions

  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • P–12 private school
  • P–12 public school

Health care

  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Senior housing facility

Mental health

  • Community mental health center
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Partial (day treatment) hospital
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center

Policy and planning

  • Advocacy organization
  • City, county, state, or federal agency such as the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Public interest group

Private sector

  • Church or other religious organization
  • Consulting firm or practice
  • Employee assistance program
  • Nonprofit organization

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Academic advising director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Care center director
  • Child care executive director
  • Child services executive director
  • College admissions director
  • Consultant
  • Court services supervisor
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational grant manager
  • Educational services executive director
  • Employee assistance program executive director
  • Executive director
  • Family services executive director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Grant acquisition director
  • Group home executive director
  • Intake director
  • Juvenile justice program executive director
  • Learning center director
  • Learning center executive director
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Program coordinator
  • Program evaluator
  • Program executive director
  • Rehabilitation executive director
  • Research director
  • Residential executive director
  • Social services executive director
  • Victim services executive director

*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 Social & Behavioral Sciences 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.