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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 degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

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.

Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

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.