What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

Do you wonder what jobs you can get with a criminal justice degree? We have created a list of jobs that you can land with this degree!


What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

If you’re wanting to make an impact in your community and have an interest in law, a degree in criminal justice may fit the bill. Although this degree can lead to a career in law enforcement, there are many other exciting career paths within the field of criminal justice. Below are just a few of the many jobs to explore.

Social and community service managers

  • Education: Bachelors or masters degree
  • Average Salary: $69,600 per year

Social and community service managers typically work with organizations that focus on community well-being. They help organize and coordinate programs, as well as create awareness of the programs and services the organization offers.

Forensic science technicians

  • Education: Bachelors or masters degree
  • Average Salary: $60,590 per year

Forensic science technicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.”

Police officer

  • Education: High school diploma or GED, associate, or bachelor’s degree with training.
  • Average Salary: $65,540 per year

Police officers respond to incidents and help to keep the community safe. Some police officers specialize in certain crimes, such as narcotics. Going through a police training academy is usually required for most law enforcement positions.

Forensic social worker

  • Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Average Salary: $51,760 per year

Forensic social workers work in corrections, justice, and social service systems. They work with individuals in the legal system such as prisoners, children, and parents. These social workers usually have a Master of Science in Social Work.

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

  • Education: Bachelors degree
  • Average Salary: $55,690 per year

Probation officers supervise those that are on probation to ensure that the community is safe. Additionally, they aid in making sure rehabilitation plans are followed and writing progress reports. Correctional treatment specialists, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, “advise probationers and parolees and develop rehabilitation plans for them to follow. They may evaluate inmates using questionnaires and psychological tests. They also work with inmates, parole officers, and staff of other agencies to develop parole and release plans.”

Ready to start your career?

Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor offer a degree in public service, with a concentration in criminal justice. Our program is offered in an accelerated format, flexible for your busy life. If you are interested in learning more, our Inquiry Support Specialists are here you help you get started.

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