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B.S. 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

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

Certification: Lead Investigations in Cryptocurrency Fraud and Theft

Through a unique partnership with CipherTrace — a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company — you can become a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and learn how to analyze and trace funds lost in cryptocurrency fraud and theft. You’ll use the same tools and get the same CTCE training as regulators and law enforcement members around the world do in becoming expert cryptocurrency financial investigators.

Once certified, you’ll be able to complete an active investigation at CipherTrace and write the case report, giving you direct, hands-on experience and demonstrating an incredibly valuable skill set to employers.

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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.

B.S. 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.

B.S. 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.

B.S. 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.

B.S. 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.

B.S. 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.

Key Skills Employers Need

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

Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.

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Register for events, create a visual profile for employers, and apply for jobs and internships through our online portal.

Sources

  1. Occupational 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
  2. Information Security Analysts, (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
  3. Police and Detectives. (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
  4. Forensic Science Technicians. (2018, April 13) Retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm