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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

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Law enforcement organization – state, local, federal
  • Correctional facility or prison – state, local, federal
  • Municipal court system
  • State government agency
    • Department of corrections
    • Department of probation and parole
  • Federal government agency
    • Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives
    • Bureau of prisons
    • Drug enforcement administration
    • Federal law enforcement training center
    • U.S. citizen and immigration services
    • U.S. department of the interior
    • U.S. secret service
    • U.S. department of justice
    • Office of the inspector general
    • U.S. customs service
    • U.S. marshal service
    • U.S. department of homeland security
    • U.S. department of army
    • U.S. department of navy

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Full-time faculty
  • Management and program analyst
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Private investigator
  • Law enforcement officer, detective, investigator, or commander or chief
  • Case worker or probation and parole officer
  • Prison warden
  • Community correctional worker
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Victim specialist
  • Court officer, courtroom security, or bailiff
  • Sheriff
  • Crime scene investigative unit manager
  • Inmate classification director
  • Field probation officer
  • Probation, parole, correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Research personnel within law enforcement
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Correctional officer
  • Consultant to the justice system or law enforcement
  • Intelligence specialist

*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.

†Most 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.