About Criminal Justice

Degrees in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement prepare students for a myriad of different jobs. In today’s job market, the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement professions offer exciting and fulfilling career opportunities.  With new advances in forensic technology and a continually changing legal environment, these careers are hot commodities in the current job market. The following are some of the careers offered in this field and some idea of salaries:


Areas of Employment Potential Employers Areas of Employment Potential Employers  
Law Enforcement Social Services
Probation and Parole
Crime analysis
Local Government Organizations
Police departments
Correctional facilities
County Sheriff Departments
Liquor Control Commission
State Government Organizations
State troopers
Crime labs
Federal Government Organizations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Department of Homeland Security
Postal Service
Federal Marshals
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Parks Service
Colleges and University police departments
Juvenile Justice
Probation & Parole
Victim Advocacy
State and federal correctional facilities
County jails
Law enforcement organizations
Probation/parole organizations
Correctional facilities
Halfway houses and pre-release programs
Re-entry and reintegration programs
Juvenile detention centers and group homes
Women's and family shelters
Domestic violence agencies
Immigration and naturalization services

  Judiciary and Law

Private Security
System Investigation
Private Investigation
Internet Security
Loss and Prevention
Insurance companies
Private security companies
Software companies
Hotels and resorts
Health care facilities
Transportation services
Nuclear power plants
Online companies
Court Reporting
Legal Assistance
Legal Research
Court Administrator
Local, state, and federal courts
Law firms
Corporate legal departments
Public interest law organizations


 Additional areas:

  • Air Force
  • AMTRAK Police
  • Army Criminal Inv
  • ATF Agent
  • Bureau of Export Enforce
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Mgt
  • Campus Police
  • CIA Agent
  • Coroners or Med Exam
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminalist
  • DEA Agent
  • Defense Crim Invest Serv
  • Department of Energy
  • Diplomatic Security Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • FBI Agent
  • Fed Law Enforcement Train/Ctr
  • Federal Air Marshals Program
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Forensic Science
  • Highway Patrol
  • INS Agent
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Marine Patrol Agencies
  • Nat Marine Fisheries Admin
  • National Park Service
  • Naval Investigative Service
  • Office of Labor Racketeering
  • Police Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Port Authorities
  • Postal Inspections Service
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service
  • Sheriff
  • State Bureaus of Investigation
  • State Park Services
  • State Police
  • State University Police
  • Trans Security Admin  Bailiff
  • Treasury Insp General Bureau of Engrave/Print
  • US Capitol Police
  • US Coast Guard
  • US Customs/Border
  • US Immigration/Cust Constables
  • US Marshal Service  Bureau of Prisons
  • US Mint
  • US Park Police
  • US Supreme Ct Police City/County Agencies
  • Wash DC Metro Pol
  • Weigh Station Oper

According to the US Department of Justice, ATF, DEA, IRS, and INS, Secret Service Agents and Deputy US Marshals generally enter the salary schedule at anywhere between $26,000-$50,000, and salary increases from there with seniority and responsibilityFBI agents enter federal service at a base salary of $48,159.  There is a potential for increase to approximately $131,000 if entering into FBI supervisory, management, and executive positions. For details please see http://www.usdoj.gov/ the official website of the US Department of Justice.

Forensic scientists work in laboratories, at crime scenes, in offices, and in morgues. They work for federal, state and local government, forensic laboratories, medical examiners offices, hospitals, universities, toxicology laboratories, police departments, medical examiner/coroner offices, or as independent forensic science consultants.  The salary has many variables depending on where you work, for which organization, and how much responsibility the job entails.

This is a great undergraduate degree if you are planning to pursue further education such as law school.

If you have any questions, please call the Criminal Justice Department at 801-863-7230.