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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.

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.



In addition to other employment opportunity websites, the Center for SUCCESS uses Handshake to share internships and jobs with students. Please explore the positions provided in the automated feed below or click "View All" to explore positions in Handshake using your major as a filter.

Although we attempt to screen all employers and positions, the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University assume no liability for the accuracy of information shared in this feed or through Handshake. The views and opinions shared by employers through Handshake do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University.

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