Criminal Justice Career Opportunities
Why Study Criminal Justice and Criminology?
Criminal justice is one of the fastest growing career fields and many criminal justice organizations are now requiring new employees to meet educational requirements, including a four-year college degree.
The criminal justice system, which encompasses a wide range of government and community-based service providers, is one of the fastest growing employers. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that criminal justice-related fields will continue to grow over the next decade (between 10 percent to 20 percent depending on the career area). In addition, the Career Services Center offers a list of resources to provide more information about what you can do with a major in criminal justice.
Job Skills Developed in Criminal Justice Majors
Some of the occupational skills developed through criminal justice coursework include analytical, communication, conducting interviews, research, critical thinking, empathy, information gathering, leadership, writing, conflict resolution/mediation and cross-cultural awareness.
Possible Career Options for Entry-Level Positions
Criminal justice offers students a wide variety of career options to chose from. Some of these options include but are not limited to:
- Alcohol/Drug Case Worker
- Animal Cruelty Investigator
- Community Service Manager
- Federal Law Enforcement Officer (ATF, DEA)
- Forensics (anthropologist, artists, pathologists, serologists, toxicologist, etc.)
- Homeland Security
- Legal Assistant/Paralegal
- Mental Health Counselor
- Peace Corps
- Parole/Probation/Police Officer
- Probations Officer
- Security Guard
- Social Work