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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.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Career growth potential 45% Promotional opportunities 41% Salary and benefits 41% Tasks and responsibilites 65%

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 Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

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% Received a salary increase 26% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 26% Received award 2% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 6% Conducted a research project 9% Served as a professional consultant 10%

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.