Careers in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice practitioner deals with the broad areas of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Professional positions may include police work, juvenile probation or parole work, or counseling and correctional work in institutions, group homes, or halfway houses. Within these broad areas, the practitioner enjoys exciting professional challenges and opportunities for serving society and helping people.

Alumni work in law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies, probation and parole departments, and do so at the local, state, and federal levels. Types of agencies which have employed our graduates include: police departments, sheriff's departments, planning agencies, group homes, juvenile courts, family courts, probation and parole departments, juvenile and adult correctional institutions, halfway houses, and crime and delinquency prevention programs.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an above-average rate of growth for many positions that can be acquired with a criminal justice degree.  Use the following links for more information:

Police and Detectives - $66,020 median salary (2021)

Probation Officers/Correctional Treatment Specialists - $60,250 median salary (2021)

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors - $48,520 median salary (2021)


Graduates of our program have gone on to work with the following agencies:

Federal Agencies

Local/County Government

Non-Profit/Private Agencies

State Government

  • Bureau of Corrections
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • US Secret Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Coast Guard
  • US Postal Service
  • Military Service
  • Department of Defense 
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services 
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons 
  • Defense Security Service 
  • Department of Homeland Security 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • Federal Drug Enforcement Administration 
  • US Marshals 
  • Customs Border Protection 
  • Department of the Interior 
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Traffic Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Community Service Officer
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Bailiff
  • Court Security
  • Emergency Call Center Operator
  • Pre-sentence Investigator
  • Water Patrol Officer
  • Sheriff's Deputy
  • Records Clerk
  • Police-School Liaison
  • Investigator 
  • Domestic Violence Victims Advocate
  • Sexual Assault Victims Advocate
  • Corporate Crisis Management
  • Executive Protection
  • Private Corrections Officer
  • Security Specialist
  • Private Security Officer
  • Private Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Bondsman
  • Gaming Enforcement Officer
  • State Patrol Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Special Agent: Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • Fingerprint Technician
  • Records Specialist
  • Human Rights Investigator
  • Research Analyst 


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