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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online criminal justice degree often pursue entry-level officer positions or career advancement within law enforcement agencies, corrections departments, and federal regulatory or enforcement agencies.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Corporate security and investigation
  • Correctional facility or prison — local, state, federal
  • Federal government agency
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Department of the Navy
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Marshal Service
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Law enforcement agency — local, state, federal
  • Municipal court system
  • Parole or probation agency
  • State government agency
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Probation and Parole

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Airport security officer
  • Bailiff
  • Border patrol agent
  • Community service coordinator
  • Compliance manager
  • Corrections officer
  • County sheriff
  • Court administrator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Customs agent
  • Deportation officer
  • Deputy marshal
  • Detective
  • Drug enforcement administration agent
  • FBI agent
  • Federal law enforcement agent
  • Immigration inspector
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Park ranger
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Postal service inspector
  • Prison warden
  • Private security officer
  • Probation officer
  • U.S. marshal
  • State trooper
  • Victim services personnel
  • Youth advocate

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†As the list above reflects, these positions are authorized by and report to a variety of governmental levels at the local, state, or federal level. Each employing agency may have specific criteria in addition to a baccalaureate degree, i.e. age requirements, professional licensure, or professional certifications. We encourage you to thoroughly research specific entry-level requirements for your job target and career goals.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University bachelor's degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are IT, education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Career growth potential 50% Promotional opportunities  48% Salary and benefits 55% Tasks and responsibilities 72%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Many of our bachelor's degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

Advanced in career or profession 26% Successfully changed careers 11% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 2% Assumed a leadership role 16% Received a promotion 21% Received a salary increase 32% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 28% Received award 3% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 7% Conducted a research project 10% Served as a professional consultant 7%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.