What Can You Do With A Major In Criminal Justice?


Criminal Justice emphasizes on the criminal procedures taken in our local, state, and federal 

government through police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.  Many in the field of criminal

 justice work in controlling traffic, preventing and investigating crimes, and gather facts and 

evidence for criminal cases.  Some specialties associated in this field include law enforcement, 

corrections and rehabilitation, forensic science, criminology, legal assisting, public safety, and 

civil law.



Typical Career Paths

Social Services
Judiciary and Law


Law Enforcement


Related Career Titles

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With a Bachelor's Degree

Police Officer  

DEA Agent 

FBI Agent  

ICE Agent 

Border Patrol 

 With a Master's Degree

Police Detective

Corrections Facilities Manager

Law Librarian

Rehabilitation Specialist

Contracts Administrator


General Career Directions
Border Patrol Agent
CIA Agent
Correctional Officer
Customs Agent
Defense Attorney
Deputy Marshall
District Attorney
Drug Enforcement Agent
FBI Agent
Fingerprint Technician
Forensic Computer Specialist
Medical Examiner
Parole Officer
Patrol Officer
Polygraph Examiner
Private Investigator
Probation Officer
Profiler Criminologist
Secret Service Agent
Security Officer
State Trooper
SWAT Officer
U.S. Marshal

Typical Employers/Work Settings 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau
Central Intelligence Agency
City Police Department
Coast Guard
Coroner's Office
County Sheriff's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Department of Corrections
Highway Patrol
Internal Revenue Service
Local, City, State, Federal Courts
Medical Examiner's Office
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Office of the Attorney General
Office of the Public Defender
Police Academies
Private Security Companies
Secret Service
State Department of Corrections
State Police Department
The Immigration and      Naturalization Service
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation      Command
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Customs
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
U.S. Marshals Service
U.S.Postal Service

Witness Protection Program



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Beginning Salary Range 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey,

 beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, start at about $37,597..

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Skills Needed For This Career 

Written & presentation skills

Research strategies

Understanding societies' reaction to crimes

Ethics and moral values

Considerations of gender & race

Interviewing skills

Quantitative skills

Strong background in humanities, social science, & natural science

Skills in research and scientific

Broad understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system

Critical thinking

Computer literacy

Understanding nature of crimes

Ability to identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions


Knowledge of legal structures


Supervision & management skills


Links to Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give 

you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
Academy of Criminal Justice Societies
American Probation and Parole Association
American Society of Criminology
National District Attorney's Association
National Sheriffs' Association 
Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA) regional resource for students interested in incorporating evaluation into their profession
American Criminal Justice Association
National Association of Criminal Justice
The American Parole and Probation Association
American Correctional Association
National Narcotic Officers Association
Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences
National Association of Legal Assistants

CriminalJusticePursuit.com-  a free educational website helping students earn a criminal justice degree with information about programs, online colleges, and criminal justice careers. 



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 



http://www.pinow.com/resources/how-to-become-a-private-investigator- For students interested in a career as a private investigator.  This site includes average salary, licensing requirements by State, who investigators work with, and links to information on specialties.

 http://www.careers.state.gov- U.S. Department of State 

http://www.criminaljusticeprogramsonline.com/  - Information regarding criminal justice degree options and career paths.

http://www.criminaljusticedegreeschools.com/criminal-justice-careers/ - free resource for those looking to enter or advance in this field

http://www.criminaljusticeprogramsonline.com/careers-federal-law-enforcement - Includes over 8,000 words of insights and advice for students interested in working for a federal agency.

Local Organizations or Databases



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Science in Criminal Justice and other related programs
 University of North Florida 
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
Nova Southeastern University
University of Florida
University of West Florida
Other resources for graduate program research






Link to UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Criminal Justice.  


Holland Codes 

Criminal Justice: Enterprising; Investigative; Social (EIS)


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop important leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Fraternities, Sororities, Presidential Envoys, Student clubs)
  • Gain experience by doing an internship in your junior and/or senior years
  • Gain experience through volunteer work
  • Develop your public speaking skills by taking a public speaking course
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to develop your career network
  • Create a profile on LinkedIn and build your social media network