Careers: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

November 15, 2019
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A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice can open the door to many different job opportunities. Graduates of our online program will be prepared for careers in law enforcement, corrections and supervision, safety and security in both the public and private sectors.

Private companies often seek professionals to keep property secure and people safe or to conduct private investigations. In the public sector, graduates find employment at the local level in police and sheriff’s departments, at the state level with state police and prison systems, and at the national level with the federal prison system, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and many other agencies. They may also work in state and national forests as park rangers, fish and game wardens, or in airports as air marshals.

Because of the significant challenges inherent in many law enforcement careers, as well as the vital importance of this field to the fabric our society, careers in criminal justice tend to be well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers and detectives average $63,000 annually (with opportunities to earn pay boosts for working overtime and for earning academic degrees) and federal law enforcement officials and other criminal justice professionals can often earn well over $100,000.

By earning your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice online from the University of Cincinnati, you will position yourself to pursue a broad spectrum of criminal justice careers that connect with your own individual interests and passions:

  • FBI Agent
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Park Ranger
  • U.S. Marshall
  • Public and Private Security
  • Correctional Officer
  • Courthouse Administrator
  • Loss Prevention Investigator
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Victim Advocate
  • College Professor
  • Police Detective
  • Narcotics Officer
  • Financial intelligence investigators
  • Asset Protection Specialist
  • Youth Support Specialist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • And many more

By the numbers

“The field of criminal justice is expected to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026. The BLS anticipates an ongoing need for police, security officers and public servants."
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Salary expectations for roles related to criminal justice can vary widely. For police officers, the median yearly salary is $62,960, with the top percentile earning more than $105,000."
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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