Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities within the criminal justice system are expected to be excellent in upcoming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Positions can be found in government agencies (accounting for approximately 50 percent of jobs), the private sector, and nonprofit agencies. Advanced technology and increasingly complex legal issues have led to specialized work in technology, computer security and intelligence.

Specific entry-level career options include: Detective showing badge.

Law Enforcement:

• police officer
• private investigator
• detective
• research intelligence analyst


• victim-witness coordinator
• court security officer
• legal assistant
• jury analyst

Corrections: Policymakers testifying.

• corrections officer
• juvenile counselor
• probation officer
• case manager

Many graduates go on to law school or earn master’s degrees in criminal justice.