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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online criminal justice degree often pursue entry-level officer positions or career advancement within law enforcement agencies, corrections departments, and federal regulatory or enforcement agencies.

Potential Employment Settings

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

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Airport security officer
  • Bailiff
  • Border patrol agent
  • Community service coordinator
  • Compliance manager
  • Corrections officer
  • County sheriff
  • Court administrator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Customs agent
  • Deportation officer
  • Deputy marshal
  • Detective
  • Drug enforcement administration agent
  • FBI agent
  • Federal law enforcement agent
  • Immigration inspector
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Park ranger
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Postal service inspector
  • Prison warden
  • Private security officer
  • Probation officer
  • U.S. marshal
  • State trooper
  • Victim services personnel
  • Youth advocate

*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.

†As the list above reflects, these positions are authorized by and report to a variety of governmental levels at the local, state, or federal level. Each employing agency may have specific criteria in addition to a baccalaureate degree, i.e. age requirements, professional licensure, or professional certifications. We encourage you to thoroughly research specific entry-level requirements for your job target and career goals.