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Criminal Justice Career OUTLOOK

 A program that focuses on the criminal justice system, its organizational components and processes, and its legal and public policy contexts. Includes instruction in criminal law and policy, police and correctional systems organization, the administration of justice and the judiciary, and public attitudes regarding criminal justice issues.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net, website.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a criminal justice major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.

Skills

As a criminal justice major, students may develop or advance skills including critical thinking, communication, ethics, physical fitness, leadership, patience, listening, decision making, interpersonal, service orientation, persuasion.

Positions

Graduates with a degree in criminal justice can work as police officers, deputy sheriff, paralegal/legal assistant, probation/parole officer, victim advocate, and more.

Areas

Graduates with a degree in criminal justice can work within the following areas: law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, mentoring, victims‘ assistance, casework, private security, advocacy, social services, cybersecurity, legal research.

Employers

Graduates with a degree in criminal justice can work for state, local and federal government, corrections facilities, youth facilities, group homes, halfway houses, domestic violence agencies, immigration and naturalization services, nonprofits, residential treatment facilities, law firms, public interest groups, retail, corporations.

Helpful Resources

Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with indivdiuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.