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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online criminal justice degree often pursue high-level positions in higher education, a research or consulting agency, a public policy group or other criminal justice-related organizations.

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. Citizen and Immigration Services
    • 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. 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
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Municipal court system
  • State government agency
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Case worker or probation and parole officer
  • Community correctional worker
  • Consultant to the justice system or law enforcement
  • Correctional officer
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Court officer, courtroom security, or bailiff
  • Crime scene investigation unit manager
  • Cyber intelligence analyst
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Director of security
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Evidence technician
  • Field probation officer
  • Fire chief
  • Full-time faculty
  • Inmate classification director
  • Insurance investigator
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Law enforcement officer, detective, investigator, or chief
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Manager of private security firm
  • Polygraph examiner/operator
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation, parole, or correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Research personnel within law enforcement and justice
  • Security officer
  • Sheriff
  • Victim specialist
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialist
  • 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.

Doctoral Public Service Leadership Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership doctoral programs 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.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 57%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 64%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 43%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Made a significant contribution to my profession 57%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 64%Assumed leadership responsibilities 71%Received a salary increase 71%Received a promotion 64%

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.