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What Jobs Can I Get With a Criminal Justice Degree?

Regardless of your current career path, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree can give you a way to expand your skills – and you may be surprised to learn that you can take those skills into a completely new job setting. In fact, there are a number of job opportunities you might not have even known existed, and a few which you may not have associated with criminal justice skills. This degree gives graduates the skills to not only catch criminals, but also to rehabilitate them.

It’s not just a job for law enforcement workers. Teachers, social workers, and people in the healthcare field can all find plenty of career possibilities with a criminal justice degree. Here’s a looks at some of the careers waiting for you:


At both the juvenile and adult level, therapists are becoming an integral part of criminal rehabilitation. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy reduces recidivism in offenders of all ages, including those who are violent or abuse substances. Therapists work with offenders, as well as their friends and family, to help these people re-enter life in a more positive way. Therapists also serve as liaisons between offenders and correctional institutions to improve outcomes.

Probation Officer:

Probation officers supervise parolees and people who have been placed on probation. They analyze behavior, monitor the client’s environment, and help to reduce the chance of a person falling back into old behaviors and patterns.

Social Worker/Case Worker:

Social workers advocate for and assist their clients, whether or not they agree with their actions. People who choose this career path may end up providing substance abuse counseling, finding alternatives to incarceration, advocating for clients within the criminal justice system, and working with communities to stop criminal behavior before it starts.

Crime Scene Investigator:

It’s difficult to mention investigator and detective work without referencing crime scene investigators. In this role, people collect and process evidence at crime scenes, making sure it gets to forensic analysts.

Federal Government Work:

Many federal jobs are open to people with criminal justice degrees. FBI agent, CIA agent, DEA agent, fish and game warden, U.S. marshal, and postal inspector are just some of the jobs available to people with this education.

Forensic Scientists:

Forensic scientists analyze evidence from crime scenes, and they can have a number of detailed specialties. They’re responsible for drawing conclusions from the evidence collected by investigators. People in this type of work may analyze DNA, blood splatter, fire debris, trace evidence, and wildlife poaching evidence.

Security Manager:

People with criminal justice degrees are qualified to work in a number of private security positions, including as security guards, managers, and officers. They can work for a number of businesses and companies, including office buildings, retail stores, and event security.

An MS in Criminal Justice opens the door to a wide range of real life opportunities for graduates. People with this education are qualified to work in all aspects of the criminal justice system, from preventing crime to catching and rehabilitating offenders. They’re eligible to work for private businesses, local, state, and federal government agencies, or even as private consultants.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

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