Criminal Justice Career Information

What Can I do With a Major in Criminal Justice?

Possible Career Occupations

(Note: not all criminal justice occupations are listed. Some career options may require additional study. Some of our Graduates go on to graduate school or law school.)

Federal Occupations:

Department of Homeland Security (Border Patrol, Customs)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Police Officer
Deputy U.S. Marshal
Secret Service Officer and Secret Service Investigator
Drug Enforcement Agency 
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent
Department of Transportation
Office of Inspector General
Internal Revenue Service Special Agent
U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division
U.S. Postal Inspector Agent
Federal Air Marshal
Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement


State Occupations:

State Highway Patrol or State Police
Crime Labs
Victim-Offender Advocate Programs
Attorney General’s Office, Narcotics, Organized Crime, Bur of Motor Vehicles
Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Enforcement Officer
State Watercraft Officer
State Liquor Control
College Security
Worker’s Compensation


Local Occupations:

Policing in Municipal, Village, Township, County Sheriff’s Departments, and Park Police Departments


Correctional Occupations:

Federal, State, County, or Municipal Probation Officer
Juvenile Probation and also Detention Centers
State Parole Officer
State Victim-Witness Assistant
Federal or State Prisons (Officer, Case Management, Unit Supervisor)


Private Sector Law Enforcement:

Retail Loss Prevention and Corporate Security
Insurance Companies
Private Detective
Hospital Police or Security
Security Patrol Officers


United States Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Checking with the United States Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics ( on September 24, 2010 the following information was discovered in their “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition” regarding employment in the following fields.

Police & Detectives: Job opportunities in most local police departments will be favorable for qualified individuals whereas competition is expected for jobs in State and Federal agencies. Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 10 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.

Correctional Officers: Employment growth is expected to be fast as the average for all occupations, and job opportunities are expected to be favorable. Employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 9 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.

Private Detectives and Investigators: Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 22 percent over the 2008-2018 decade much faster than the average for all other occupations.

Where AU Criminal Justice Grads Have Worked


Our graduates have worked in a variety of agencies at the local, county, state and federal level as well as in a variety of organizations in the private sector. 

Learn more about where our graduates have worked!