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.
$97180
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Police Identification Officers

collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
$89300
Associate's degree
High job satisfaction
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Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

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investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
$89300
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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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.
$89300
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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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.
$89300
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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Police Detectives

conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
$89300
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


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.
$74740
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Transit and Railroad Police

protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
$71000
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Police Patrol Officers

patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
$70000
No degree required
Personality Match

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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.
$70000
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

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.
$67200
Bachelor's degree
Personality Match

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.
$64890
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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.
$60100
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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.
$57810
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

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.
$44870
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


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.
$41000
Bachelor's degree
Personality Match

Animal Control Workers

handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
$40680
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


Careers in Corrections

Correctional Officers Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
$67600
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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.
$61900
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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.
$52340
No degree required
Personality Match




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