Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Career Outlook

Excel in a vital role in your community

Graduating from a criminal justice program continues to provide jobs for those with a passion for helping people and keeping communities safe. Careers centered on criminal investigations and cybersecurity will see an explosive job-growth rate—as high as 28 percent by 2026.2

  • Top 10% of criminal justice occupations earn $84,4701
  • Wide variety of occupations, including corporate security, criminalist, detective, intelligence analyst, and more
  • Jobs in information security analysis are among the fastest-growing in criminal justice, with 28% employment growth2

A B.S. in Criminal Justice from Utica College can help you step into a new role, or grow in your current role, with confidence.

As white-collar and computer crimes become more prevalent, and laws change, so does the rate of growth for a variety of criminal justice careers. Graduating with a criminal justice degree from Utica can open a wide variety of career paths for you.

Police and Detectives

$62,960/year

Gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes to protect lives and property in your community. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent by 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for skilled public safety professionals is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.3

Forensic Science Technicians

$57,850/year

Aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Prompted by advances in science and technology available to law enforcement departments, employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent by 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.4

Additional roles with a bachelor's in criminal justice:

  • Policing
  • Law
  • Probation
  • Juvenile Services
  • Private Security
  • Public Administration/Planning
  • Counseling
  • Research
  • Regulatory Enforcement

Specializing Your Skills in Criminal Justice

By choosing one of our career-focused criminal justice specializations, you'll graduate with experience in serving the common good in the role you want.

 
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          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Demonstrate key criminal justice knowledge and criminological concepts, processes, and issues

          • Understand criminological theories, causes, and controls of crime in the community

          • Think critically about crime and criminal justice policy claims and issues while questioning the credibility of claims and statistics

          • Test hypotheses through research and inform policy decisions and evaluation studies

          • Exercise ethics in the field and in research

          • Communicate effectively about crime and the criminal justice system

          • Understand how economic and cybercrime influence traditional forms of crime and the criminal justice system's response to them

          Beyond the Degree

          We have the tools to help you make your next career move:

          One-on-One Mentors

          Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.

          Job Search Assistance

          Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.

          Career Counseling

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          SOURCES:

          1Occupational Employment and Wages, 33-0000 Protective Service Occupations (Major Group). (2018, March 30). Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes330000.htm
          2Information Security Analysts, (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
          3Police and Detectives. (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
          4Forensic Science Technicians. (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm