Criminal Justice Career

Career Outlook

Criminal Justice Careers

In today’s complicated and often insecure world, a Criminal Justice degree will help you succeed in both the law enforcement and security fields. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice could enjoy successful and fulfilling careers as a law enforcement officer, warden, security specialist or criminal investigator. Here are some more jobs in criminal Justice:

  • Private Detective - Connect clues to uncover facts about legal, financial or personal matters. This may include investigating computer crimes or assisting individuals by finding and analyzing information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median wage for private detectives and investigators was $45,740 in May 2012. The Top 10 percent earned more than $79,790.
  • Private Security Officer - Help keep people and property safe! Security guards and officers generally work for a private company or organization to secure a piece of property and the people using the facility. Many security officials go on to work with law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of security guards is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • Law Enforcement Officer - Protect and serve your fellow citizens by policing America’s neighborhoods, cities and highways. Enjoy excellent job opportunities in nearly every state in the country. Individuals who have served in the armed forces will find a great place for their military skills. You can work at the city, state or even the federal level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages for police and sheriff’s patrol officers with criminal justice degrees was $56,980 in May 2012.
  • Criminal Investigator - Help businesses, individuals and law firms by assembling information and making connections that solve mysteries or inconclusive facts. The hours are nontraditional and many investigators are self-employed.
  • Warden - Manage a staff of corrections officers at a detention facility while ensuring that inmates serve out their criminal sentences in a safe and orderly fashion. You’ll tackle many of the issues that any business manager would, except you’ll do it in the context of the criminal justice system.
  • Correctional Officer - Work in jails, prisons or probation facilities to help ensure that inmates are secure and conforming to the institution’s policies. Among other things, you’ll assign work tasks, keep daily inmate logs and search cells to maintain the safety of the facility for both inmates and corrections staff.