Careers in Criminal Justice

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Careers in Law Enforcement

Police and Detectives Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
Salary: $93100
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Intelligence Analysts

gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.
Salary: $85020
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Police Identification Officers

collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
Salary: $85020
Degree: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction


Immigration and Customs Inspectors

investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.
Salary: $85020
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction



Criminal Investigators

investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Salary: $85020
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Police Detectives

conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
Salary: $85020
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Transit and Railroad Police

protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
Salary: $74450
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Criminal Justice Professors

teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Salary: $72390
Degree: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction



Crime Analyst

Crime Analysts review police reports, crime maps, and other data sources to review law enforcement operations and crime rates in their jurisdiction. They look for patterns that may help police agencies determine where to deploy resources.
Salary: $67200
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.
Salary: $65400
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Police Patrol Officers

patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
Salary: $65400
Degree: No degree required


Forensic Science Technicians

collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.
Salary: $62490
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction



Fish and Game Wardens

patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
Salary: $59260
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Private Detectives and Investigators

gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.
Salary: $56810
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Parking Enforcement Workers

patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or city streets to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.
Salary: $42200
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Autopsy Technicians

Autopsy Technicians assist Forensic Medical Examiners, helping to conduct autopsies and determine the causes of death. Common tasks include collecting fluids, recording measurements, and analyzing samples.
Salary: $41000
Degree: Bachelor's degree



Animal Control Workers

handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
Salary: $38490
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction



Careers in Corrections

Correctional Officers Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
Salary: $68350
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Probation Officers

provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
Salary: $58790
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Correctional Officers

guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
Salary: $49300
Degree: No degree required




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