Criminal Justice Career Paths

For those interested in making a difference in society, criminal justice is cited as one of the fields that the Bureau of Labor Statistics data point to as having positive growth rates over the next ten years. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that probation officer and correctional treatment specialist jobs will grow by 18% from 2010 to 2020*, a steady rate that matches the national average job growth.

With the prospect of steady job growth and a growing need for qualified employees possessing a knowledge base in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, crisis management and forensic science, a career in criminal justice could be right for you. Potential criminal justice careers include:

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists: Working with and monitoring offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.

Private Detectives and Investigators: Finding facts and analyzing information about legal, financial and personal matters. Private detectives and investigators offer many services including verifying people's backgrounds, tracing missing persons, investigating computer crimes and protecting celebrities.

Police and Detectives: Police protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers' duties depend on the size and type of the organization.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an Associate's degree or higher is the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation. Explore AIU's Criminal Justice Degree Programs to see if criminal justice is the right area of study for you.