Bachelor of Science in Criminal Intelligence Analysis: Career Outlook

Protect your community and advance your career.

When you graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Intelligence Analysis, you'll be prepared to enter this essential sector of law enforcement as an analyst—be it a tactical, strategic, administrative, or intelligence analyst—in a private, for-profit company or government setting.

  • Top 10% of intelligence analysts earn $105,230 annually1
  • Intelligence analysts earned a median salary of $79,970 in 20171
  • 7% job growth projected, 2016–20261

Demand for this role is projected to remain steady, with 7 percent growth predicted by 2026. This growth is driven by the rapid addition of fusion centers run by the Department of Homeland Security, the direct benefits of the role in dramatically lowered crime rates, and the advancements made in technologies for the law enforcement industry.1

Not only are these type of roles impactful, but they can be rewarding in other ways, too. In 2017, detectives and criminal investigators (including intelligence analysts) earned a median salary of $79,970, with the top 10 percent earning $105,230.1

Strategic Analyst

$73,593/year

Using tactical information and research, you'll develop and implement specific operations to reduce crime rates. Through the analysis, interpretation, and communication of crime data, you'll help to manage partnerships between Police Departments, prioritize top offenders, identify criminal trends, and more.2,3

Intelligence Analyst/Security or Threat Intelligence Analyst

$78,358/year

You'll develop systems to identify and track organized crime and the individuals related to it. Leveraging statistical methods and techniques, you'll analyze criminal intelligence data, gain an understanding of criminal activity and movement, predict the effectiveness of certain investigative strategies, and more.3,4

Additional roles for criminal intelligence analysis graduates:

  • Tactical Analyst
  • Administrative/Research Analyst
  • Crime Analysis Supervisor (with additional experience)

 
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          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Explain and/or predict past, present, and potential future criminal activity when you apply criminological theories.

          • Identify and locate relevant and credible information using multiple collection platforms: human, signals, geospatial, financial, measurement and signatures, and open-source.

          • Manipulate and analyze data using multiple collection platforms and a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches for tactical, strategic, operational, and administrative purposes.

          • Distinguish between and critically evaluate defensive and offensive counterintelligence tactics for protecting information and intelligence.

          • Outline and describe strategies for intelligence management, particularly how to organize and process information and how to store intelligence.

          • Enumerate and discuss relevant ethical and legal regulations pertaining to the use of information and intelligence in criminal justice contexts.

          • Produce accurate, clear, and concise intelligence that recommends actionable steps—based on your collection and analysis of relevant data—through written and oral reports.

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          SOURCES:

          1Police and Detectives. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
          2Salary: Strategic Analyst. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/strategic-analyst-salary-SRCH_KO0,17.htm
          3Analyst Position Descriptions. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from https://www.iaca.net/dc_position_descriptions.asp
          4Salary: Intelligence Analyst. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/intelligence-analyst-salary-SRCH_KO0,20.htm