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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.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.