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Career Opportunities with a Major in Criminal Justice and Criminology


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Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

Criminal Justice majors specialize in study of the criminal justice system, with focus on its structure and function, and the necessity for human social order. Graduates are found in federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections agencies and are in the public and private practice of law. The private security field employs more people than public law enforcement, and graduates play an important part in professional management of this profession.

Skills Related to Criminal Justice & Criminology

  • Ability to communicate ideas to others

  • Ability to report to people from varying backgrounds

  • Aptitude for leadership

  • Ability to organize and interpret social, economic and political data

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Ability to persuade and influence others


Potential Careers Related to Criminal Justice & Criminology

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Criminal Justice & Criminology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Criminal Justice & Criminology majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Account Executive Advocate Archivist
Attorney Business Recovery Officer Campaign Manager
City Manager Community Relations Director Congressional Aide
Congressional Researcher Consultant Correctional Officer
Environmental Compliance Foreign Correspondent Foreign Service Officer
Government Intelligence Analyst International Banker Labor Organizer
Law Enforcement Officer Legal Assistant Lobbyist
Media Analyst Paralegal Political Pollster
Politician Probation / Parole Officer Public Opinion Interviewer
Researcher Special Interest Group Director Writer / Author

Employers in Criminal Justice & Criminology

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Consulting Firms

  • Court Systems

  • Law Firms

  • Local, State, and Federal Government

  • Newspapers

  • Police Departments

  • Social Service Agencies

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Criminal Justice & Criminology


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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