Criminal Justice

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Career Opportunities

What Can I Do With A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice?

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

Mean Annual Earnings: $56,810 
Job Prospects: Some gains, but slower than average growth

Victim Advocate/Human Services

Median Annual Earnings: $26,550 and up
Job Prospects: Faster than average

Private Detectives and Investigators

Mean Annual Earnings: $45,740 
Job Prospects: Average growth

Correctional Officer

Median Annual Earnings: $38,970
Job Prospects: Average

Security Guard

Median Annual Earnings: $24,410
Job Prospects: As fast as average growth

Probation and Parole Officer

Median Annual Earnings: $48,190
Job Prospects: Average

Paralegal

Median Annual Earnings: $46,990    
Job Prospects: Faster than average growth

 

Initial Job Placements Of Recent Criminal Justice Graduates

  • Graduate school, Criminal Justice
  • Police Officers, Campbell, WI; Viroqua, WI; San Diego, CA; West Bend, WI;
  • Police Officer: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Deputy, La Crosse County, WI; Clark County, WI; Pierce County, WI;
  • Security officer, Gundersen
  • Jail Clerk, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Jail and Dispatch, Houston County, MN
  • Deputy Jailer, Monroe County, WI
  • Private Investigator, WI
  • Secretary, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • Probation and Parole Officer, La Crosse County, WI; Vilas County, WI
  • Correctional Officer/Dispatcher, Wisconsin
  • Employment specialist, working with adults with substance abuse and criminal justice issues, Family and Children’s Center
  • Child Support specialist, Milwaukee Hospital
  • Business Owner, helping people with disabilities and those with criminal records find jobs
  • Active duty military
  • Managed Repair Representative, Progressive Insurance
  • Store Manager
  • Forest Officer, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Agronomist, Midwestern BioAg
  • Resident Counselor, Behavioral Health Hospital
  • Program Supervisor-IPS Supported Employment
  • K-12 Relations Associate, Western Technical College
  • Supervisor, TJ Max
  • Railroad conductor
  • Remittance Analyst, MetLife in Tampa, Florida.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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