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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

Typical Job Titles With A Bachelor Degree

Airport Security Office   Bailiff
Body Guard   Border Patrol Agent
CIA Agent   Child Support Agent
Community Service Coordinator   Compliance Manager
Corrections Officer   Court Administrator
Court Clerk   Housing/Tenant Representative
Juvenile Court Counselor   Secret Service Agent
Sheriff   Customs Agent
Deportation Officer   Deputy Marshall
Detective   Discrimination Investigator
Drug Enforcement Agent   Environmental Conservation Officer
FBI Agent   Fish and Game Warden
Loss Prevention Specialist   Industrial Security Specialist
Law Clerk   Social Worker
U.S. Customs Agent   Litigation Manager
U.S. Marshall   Military Officer
Naval Investigator   Paralegal
Park Ranger   Police Officer
Postal Service Investigator   Pre-trial Services Officer
Probation and Parole Officer   Private Security Officer
Public Safety Officer   Victim Services Specialist
Youth Advocate    

Typical Job Titles With Advanced Degrees

Attorney    Coroner
FBI Agent   Criminal Investigator
Warden   Criminologist
Corrections Facilities Manager   Contracts Administrator
Substance Abuse Counselor   Law Librarian
Police Detective   Private Investigator

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  

Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges -Typical Salaries 

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..

Salary Resources  

Skills Needed For This Career 

Written and Presentation skills   Research strategies
Understand society's reaction to crimes   Ethics and moral values
Consideration of gender and race   Interviewing skills
Quantitative skills   Strong background in humanities
Skills in research and scientific methodology   Broad understanding of criminal law 
Critical thinking   Computer literacy
Understanding nature of crimes   Ability to identify and analyze social problems 
Decision-making   Knowledge of legal structures
Patience   Supervision and management skills
Ability to solve problems   Understanding of criminal justice system


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
American Correctional Association
National Narcotic Officers Association
National Association of Legal Assistants  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  - Information regarding criminal justice degree options and career paths. - free resource for those looking to enter or advance in this field


Graduate And Professional Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Programs

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

Holland Interest 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