Career Paths

With a degree in criminal justice, you have the ability to employ your social and behavioral science skills to the pressing topics of today’s world, including terrorism, drug abuse, computer crime, legal issues, and prison overcrowding. You will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in the field, such as law enforcement (state and federal), corrections, and juvenile justice, or to further your education with graduate study in criminology, law, and forensic science.

For more information, visit Career Services in the Global Education Office.

Sample Jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • Airport Security
  • ATF Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Child Support Agency Worker
  • CIA Agent
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminal Investigator
  • DEA Agent
  • Detention & Deportation Officer
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • FBI Agent
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Postal Inspector
  • Prison Warden
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Security Services Specialist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Vocational Instructor
  • Youth Service Worker/Coordinator

See the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook for a more complete list.

Useful Skills for Jobs in the Criminal Justice Field

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills