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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

This online criminal justice degree is designed for caseworkers, probation and parole officers, juvenile specialists, law enforcement agents, and others who want to advance their careers and play a stronger role in facilitating positive change in the criminal justice system.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Corporate security firm
  • 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
    • Government Printing Office
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • U.S. Customs Service
    • U.S. Department of the Army
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Department of Justice
    • U.S. Department of the Navy
    • U.S. Marshal Service
    • U.S. Secret Service
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Law enforcement organization — local, state, federal
  • Municipal court system and correction, parole and probation
  • State government agency
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Correctional counselor
  • Community correctional worker
  • Community worker
  • Court officer
  • Crime scene investigation unit manager
  • Criminal investigator
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Director of court services
  • Document examiner services
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Evidence technician
  • Field probation officer
  • Fire chief
  • Guard
  • Inmate classification director
  • Institutional counselor
  • Insurance investigator
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Manager of private security firm
  • Polygraph examiner/operator
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation, parole, or correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Railroad police
  • Research personnel within law enforcement and justice
  • Security guard
  • Security officer
  • Social service worker
  • Staff personnel in juvenile justice program
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Youth services director

*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.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Master of Science in Public Safety Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Public Safety degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career growth potential 45%Promotional opportunities 41%Salary and benefits 41%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Advanced in career or profession 25%Successfully changed careers 14%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6%Assumed a leadership role 24%Received a promotion 15%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.