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
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Career Outlook
Excel in a vital role in your community
- 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
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
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:
- Juvenile Services
- Private Security
- Public Administration/Planning
- 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.
BS in Criminal Justice - Cyber Criminology and Policy
Understand how IT, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance concepts relate to the modern criminal justice organization.
BS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
Learn about risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration, so you graduate better prepared to defend our nation.
BS in Criminal Justice - Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Get a solid foundation of policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, so you're prepared to participate in and lead criminal investigations.
BS in Criminal Justice - Public Policy and Leadership
Learn how criminal studies policy can affect, and be affected by, research while learning the theory and process of designing public policy and measuring its impact.
BS in Criminal Justice - White Collar Crime
Learn how to deal with fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce, and e-business, including the development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.
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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
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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