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.
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 or parole officer, victim advocate
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.
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 individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Chicago Crime Commission Internship
- Chicago Police Department
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- DuPage County Sheriff's Department
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Illinois Attorney General's Office
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois State Police (Career and Internship Program)
- Internships - Circuit Court of Cook County
- Secret Service
- Social Service Department Internship -- Circuit Cook of Cook County
- Victim Witness Assistance -- Cook County State's Attorney's Office
- Will County Sheriff's Department
- Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences
- American Correctional Association
- Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR)
- Institute for Law and Justice (ILJ)
- National Association of Criminal Justice
- National Association of Legal Assistants
- National Criminal Justice Association
- National Narcotic Officers Association
- The American Parole and Probation Association
- Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)
- United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN)
- SXU Pals for Change Student Organization
- SXU Pre-Law Association
- SXU Student Service Club
- Students for Justice in Palestine at SXU