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What career opportunities are there with a Criminal Justice Degree?

There are many career paths that a person with a Criminal Justice Degree can choose from. Here are some job titles that former graduates with Criminal Justice Degrees hold. Use this as an ideas list, remember that it represents some, but certainly not all of the careers you might consider. Some careers may take additional schooling.

Airport Security Officer Law Librarian FBI Agent
Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agent Litigation Manager Jailer
Attorney Media Criminologist Juvenile Court Counselor
Bailiff Military Officer Law Clerk
Body Guard Naval Investigator Secret Service Agent
Border Patrol Agent Non-Profit Organization Advocate Social Worker
Child Support Agency Worker Paralegal Substance Abuse Counselor
CIA Agent Park Ranger Teacher
Criminologist Community Service Coordinator US Customs Agent
Customs Agent Compliance Manager US Marshall
Deportation Officer Contracts Administrator Penologist
Deputy Marshall Coroner Police Detective
Detective Corrections Facilities Manager Police Officer
Discrimination Investigator Corrections Officer Postal Service Investigation
District Attorney Employment Agency Recruiter Witness Protection Worker
Drug Enforcement Agent Environmental Conservation Officer Warden

Did you know that the 5 major fields of Criminal Justice are Law Enforcement, Courts/Judiciary, Corrections, Forensic Science, and Private Security?

Here is a list of Related Skills and Characteristics:

  • Written & presentation skills
  • Understanding societies' reaction to crimes
  • Considerations of gender & race
  • Quantitative skills
  • Skills in research and scientific methodology
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding nature of crimes
  • Decision-making
  • Research strategies
  • Ethics & moral values
  • Interviewing skills
  • Strong background in humanities, social science, & natural science
  • Broad understanding of criminal law the criminal justice system
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions
  • Knowledge of legal structure


Criminal Justice Web Sites:

Cop Careers: www.copcareers.com

Criminal Justice Jobs: www.criminaljusticejobs.com

Government Jobs: www.govtjobs.com/crim

Police Employment: www.policeemployment.com

Law Enforcement: www.lawenforcementjob.com

Federal Bureau of Investigation: www.fbi.gov

Federal Jobs: www.fedworld.gov

Federal Judiciary Employment: www.uscourts.gov


Career Planning/Information:

Human Service Workers/Paralegals: http://stats.bls.gov

Federal Law Enforcement Career Resources: www.concentric.net

Criminal Justice Resources: www.icpsr.umich.edu

Pre-Law Handbook: www.urich.edu


Organizations & Associations:

U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National Federation of Paralegal Associations

Central Intelligence Agency

The Other Side of the Wall: Prisons and Prison Law

American Bar Association

National Drug Enforcement Officers Association

National Security Agency

Additional Resource:

Talk Justice

The above information has been collected from professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.



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Jane P. Rhodes
Director, Career Services Network
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Olivet, MI 49076


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