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.)
- 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 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
Policing in Municipal, Village, Township, County Sheriff’s Departments, and Park Police Departments
- 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.
Criminal Justice Career Outlook
One of the most appealing things about a degree in criminal justice is how versitile it is. Not only does it open doors for a career in local, state, or federal law enforcement, there are oppotunities for careers in corrections, forensics, probation and parole, and the private sector in security and cybersecurity. Job growth of 4 percent is in the area of law enforcement alone is anticipated between 2014 and 2024. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree, especially those with experience, are the most likely to be hired by federal agencies. Learn More!