Criminal Justice Careers

The criminal justice field continues to provide jobs for those with a passion for the industry, and a career-focused degree, As white-collar and computer crimes become more prevalent, and laws change, so does the rate of growth for the variety of criminal justice careers. Overall, career titles in the industry are growing. Some areas, particularly those centered on criminal investigations and cybersecurity, see an explosive job-growth rate as high as 27 percent.1

Career Titles for Those With a BS in Criminal Justice

There are numerous career titles across the criminal justice field that seek candidates who possess specialized knowledge of the position and the industry. The BS in Criminal Justice from Utica College, with the in demand specializations offered, provides the proof point to companies that you can step into your new role with confidence and competency.

  • :: Air Marshall
  • :: CIA Analyst
  • :: CIA Officer
  • :: Computer Forensics Investigator
  • :: Correctional Officer
  • :: Crime Scene Investigator
  • :: Customs and Border Protection Officer
  • :: DEA Agent
  • :: Deputy Sheriff
  • :: Emergency Management Director
  • :: FBI Agent
  • :: Fire Investigator Air Marshall
  • :: Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • :: Arson & Fire Investigator
  • :: ATF Agent
  • :: Bailiff
  • :: Border Patrol Office
  • :: Bounty Hunter
  • :: Campus Security Officer
  • :: Child Abuse Investigator
  • :: CIA Agent
  • :: Community Corrections Officer
  • :: Computer Forensic Investigator
  • :: Corporate Security
  • :: Correctional Officer
  • :: Counter Terrorism Careers
  • :: Court Officer
  • :: Criminalist
  • :: Criminal Investigator
  • :: Crime Analyst
  • :: Crime Prevention Specialist
  • :: Crime Scene Investigator
  • :: Criminologist
  • :: Customs Agent
  • :: Cyber Crime Specialist
  • :: DEA Agent
  • :: Detective
  • :: Domestic Violence Investigator
  • :: Elderly Abuse Investigator
  • :: Emergency Management Specialist
  • :: FBI Agent
  • :: Federal Correctional Officer
  • :: Federal Parole Officer
  • :: Fish and Game Warden
  • :: Fraud Investigator
  • :: Forensic Science Technician
  • :: Forest Ranger
  • :: Gang and Narcotics Investigator
  • :: Homeland Security Agent Hospital Security
  • :: Human Rights Violation Investigator
  • :: Human Trafficking Investigator
  • :: ICE Agent
  • :: Immigration Enforcement Agent
  • :: Insurance Investigator
  • :: Intelligence Analyst
  • :: Information Security
  • :: International Criminal Court Investigator
  • :: IRS Investigator
  • :: Juvenile Probation Officer
  • :: Juvenile Correctional Officer
  • :: Loss Prevention Specialist
  • :: National Security Agency Officer
  • :: Military Police Officer
  • :: Organized Crime Specialist
  • :: Park Ranger
  • :: Penologist
  • :: Police Officer
  • :: Private Investigator
  • :: Private Security Officer
  • :: Probation Officer
  • :: Secret Service Agent
  • :: Sheriff
  • :: Social Service Investigator
  • :: Special Victims Investigator
  • :: State Department Victim Witness Advocate
  • :: State Parole Officer
  • :: State Police Officer
  • :: Surveillance Officer
  • :: Transportation Security Administrator
  • :: U.S. Marshal Service
  • :: U.S. National Institute of Justice Researcher
  • :: United Nations Office on Drug and Crime Investigation
  • :: United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations Officer
  • :: United States Park Police
  • :: Victim Witness Advocate

Criminal Justice Career Snapshots

Criminal justice spans a wide variety of titles and responsibilities. Below is a career profile of several positions, including average salaries, growth rates and a quick description of what you’ll actually do on a day-to-day basis.

  • :: Forensic Science Technicians

    Forensic science technicians spend time at a crime scene to determine what evidence should be collected, and how. They’ll take photographs, draw sketches, record their observations, and preserve evidence. Once in the lab, they perform numerous scientific tests to deliver analysis, examine digital media and even reconstruct crime scenes. Their job growth rate is 27%, and they earn a median salary of $56,320 a year.1

  • :: Intelligence Analyst

    Intelligence analysts use existing data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism, mob efforts, cyber attacks, group fraud efforts, and more. They study data from a number of sources, including law enforcement databases, and monitor other criminal activities such as money laundering, gang behaviors, auto-theft-ring actions, and the use and movement of illegal drugs to establish patterns and catch criminals. Their median annual wage is $77,210.2

  • :: Emergency Management Specialist

    Emergency management specialists work to prevent, prepare for and respond to crisis situations that result from natural disasters and other emergencies that threaten the safety of an area’s residents. They coordinate with safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Emergency management specialists each an average of 67,330 a year and the job growth rate for this profession is average at 6%.3

  • :: Criminal Investigators

    Criminal investigators work case by case to solve a crime. They’ll conduct interviews, review evidence, examine records, carefully observe the behavior and activities of suspects and participate in the arrest of perpetrators. They earn a mean wage of 81, 490.4

  • :: Police Officers

    Police officers serve and protect citizens’ lives and property from crimes and enforce the law. They respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, patrol assigned areas and conduct traffic stops. The median wage of a police officer is $60,270.5

  • :: Insurance Investigator

    Insurance investigators manage claims in which the company suspects fraudulent or criminal activity such as arson, staged accidents, or unnecessary medical treatments. The severity of insurance fraud cases varies, from overstated claims to complicated fraud rings. Investigators often do surveillance work — covertly watching the claimant to see if he or she does anything that would be ruled out by injuries stated in the claim. They earn a median wage of 63, 060.6

Questions?

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Sources

1. Forensic Science Technicians: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm#tab-2
2. Intelligence Analyst: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.06
3. Emergency Management Director: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/emergency-management-directors.htm
4. Criminal Investigators: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
5. Police and Detectives: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Protective-Service/Police-and-detectives.htm
6. Insurance Investigator: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/claims-adjusters-appraisers-examiners-and-investigators.htm