Career Opportunities for Majors in Criminal Justice


Employment opportunities exist for Criminal Justice majors in all areas of the legal, law enforcement, and justice systems. Students receive instruction on the theories and practices pertaining to the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and public and corporate responses to crime on the local, national, and international levels.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate coursework in law or public policy as well as many other criminal justice related disciplines. If a graduate with a Bachelor's degree is looking for employment after graduation, opportunities exist at the managerial level in county, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. Research centers concerned with domestic and international issues, policies and practices related to the criminal justice system provide additional opportunities to experience this exciting field.

While many graduates work in a related occupation, others choose fields which do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, service-learning, related work or volunteer experiences, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Asset Protection Specialist Evidence Technician Police Officer
ATF Inspector Executive Admn. & Internship Director Polygraph Examiner
Bailiff FBI Special Agent Postal Inspector
Border Patrol Agent Federal Protection Officer Probation Officer
Chief Deputy Fingerprint Technician Program Associate
Child Welfare Caseworker I.R.S. Agent Program Officer of Higher Ed. in Prison
Claims Service Rep. Immigration Guard Psychologist
Correction Officer Import Specialist Reentry Care Manager
Corrections Counselor Juvenile Justice Regional Admin. Secret Service Officer
Court Administrator Law Clerk Serology Technician
Court Clerk Law Librarian Social Worker
Court Reporter Lawyer Special Agent, Customs
Criminal Justice Advocacy Coordinator Legal Transcriber Special Agent, FBI
Criminologist Paralegal Supoena Compliance Specialist
Customs Patrol Officer Penologist Surveillance Agent
Customs Special Agent Police Academy Coordiator Teacher/Professor
Deputy Sheriff Police Detective Teen Health Initiatives
Deputy U.S. Marshall Police Dispatcher Warden
Detective Police Lieutenant Youth Counselor

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Border Patrol Department Stores Security Firms
Civic Organizations Entertainment Venues Shopping Centers
Colleges/Universities Financial institutions Technology FirmsĀ 
Correctional institutions Private Detective/Investigation
Government Agencies
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Family Courts National Security Agency
CIA/FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Parole Departments
Criminal Courts Federal Trade Commission Police Departments - Local & State
Customs & Immigration Immigration & Naturalization Service Probation Departments
Department of Agriculture Justice Departments Public Defenders Office
Department of Insurance Juvenile Courts Security Organizations
Drug Enforcement Administration Military Police U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Criminal Justice

Organization Job Title
Dreyfus Consumer Bank Assistant Mortgage Closer
St. Michael's Medical Center Billing Representative
Bonnie Brae School for Boys Child Carer Counselor
Mentor-NJ Clinical Coordinator
Essex County Division of Welfare Family Service Worker
Screen Actors Guild Freelance Actor/Singer
Cummings & Lockwood Library Associate
Sears & Roebuck Loss Prevention Assistant
U.S. Army Military Police Officer
Midlantic Bank Mortgage Loan Officer
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Criminal Justice

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Agent
Berel & Mullen Attorneys (JD) Associate
Liberty Mutual Insurance (JD) Attorney
Liberty Mutual Insurance (JD) Attorney
Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Claims Specialist
NY Life Insurance Co. Corp. VP/Director of Security
Franchise Operations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Director
U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Examiner
Robinson, St. John, & Wayne Paralegal
NYC Police Department Police Officer
Middlesex County Probation Department Probation Officer
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
John Jay College of Criminal Justice MA Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Crime and Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Psychology Forensic Psychology
Kean College Other Speech-language Pathology
New York Law School Juris Doctorate
Northcentral University Criminal Justice Law Enforcement
Northeastern University Other Homeland Security/resilience Studies
Ohio State University, Columbus Education Sports Coaching
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Social Work
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Spanish
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