Career Options

A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for professional positions at the federal, state, or local levels in law enforcement, forensic, consumer reporting, court, correction, private security, or juvenile fields. Our graduates can be found in criminal justice or law positions in government agencies, corporations, or private offices around the world. They work as federal special agents, police officers, forensic specialists, intelligence analysts, game wardens, judges, attorneys, probation officers, correctional administrators, juvenile specialists, background investigators, and more.

What about advanced study? The bachelor’s degree also gives students the skills needed to pursue a graduate degree in criminal justice, law, or related area.

Together, the department has several career planning opportunities including an annual Criminal Justice Career Fair with representatives on campus from a broad spectrum of federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies as well as area law schools. We have developed Career Fact Sheets for numerous opportunities – click the links below to learn more.

Career options with a degree in Criminal Justice include:

Law Enforcement & Forensics

Law and Courts


  • US Probation Officer
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Prison or Jail Administrator
  • Correctional Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Substance Use Counselor

Juvenile Justice

Crime Research and Analysis

  • Criminologist
  • Crime or Intelligence Analyst

Private Investigation and Security

  • Consumer Reporting
  • Background Investigation


For additional information on career opportunities and skills, please visit Career Services.