Criminal Justice Career Options

There are a variety of different career paths for skilled criminal justice professionals. Career opportunities extend over a wide range of professional disciplines including law enforcement, politics, business, security, law, corrections, government, and more. What you choose is purely dependant on your experience, education, and what area of criminology and criminal justice most interests you. Many criminal justice majors have ambitions of working as police officers, detectives or investigators, though many also become probation officers, correctional treatment specialists, or go to work for state or federal agencies.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent by 2020. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments; however, both state and federal jobs may be more competitive. Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2020, about as fast as average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for probation and parole services will lead to new openings for officers.

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