Do you have a passion for criminal law, investigations, homeland security, victimology, or organizational behavior? Are you interested in working at the federal, state, and local levels?
If so, working in the criminal justice field might be a good fit for you. With a degree in criminal justice, you could be presented with job opportunities in law enforcement, forensics, legal- and court-related positions, and even information security.
Whether you’re currently in a program, or you’re interested in changing your career path, here are 8 jobs you can get with a criminal justice degree.
- Median pay: $45,610
- Number of jobs: 34,900
Do you have an eye for finding information that others might not be able to? A private detective or investigator is hired by a client to find legal, financial, and personal information, as well as finding missing persons.
- Median pay: $79,620
- Number of jobs: 106,580
Are you interesting in arriving at the scene of a crime and investigating what happened? Whether you’re interested in local, federal, or state government, homicide detectives are hired to bring justice to victims.
- Median pay: $48,810
- Number of jobs: 279,500
If you want to fight for justice by being a key part of the case, a paralegal position might be a good fit for you. Paralegals conduct research, support lawyers, and organize paperwork, along with drafting materials needed for the case.
- Median pay: $64,460
- Number of jobs: 14,560
Do you have a heart for teaching? After receiving an education in criminal justice yourself, become a part of others’ education. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers can impact future justice leaders with the education they need to succeed at both the local and state levels.
- Median pay: $54,970
- Number of jobs: 5,630
Do you love the outdoors and have a passion for protecting it? Fish and game wardens not only protect private property, they can protect wildlife, investigate occurrences with damaged property, and conduct research.
- Median pay: $54,080
- Number of jobs: 87,950
Probation officers assist with the rehabilitation of those who have broken the law. Once these law offenders are released from jail or are on parole, these officers are a part of their treatment, education, and employment.
- Median pay: $28,460
- Number of jobs: 1,097,660
As an entry-level position with a criminal justice degree, security guards are highly sought after all over the country. From working at events to inside hospitals and government buildings, security guards enforce rules, prevent violence, and can operate security equipment such as metal detectors.
- Median pay: $60,270
- Number of jobs: 806,400
As one of the most necessary positions within law enforcement and criminal justice, there are many jobs available for police officers. Keep the public safe, investigate crimes, and protect property in this demanding position.
Some of the jobs listed above require additional training and/or education.
Salaries and figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.