Careers in Criminal Justice

The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor publishes the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" every year. You may want to consult this handbook about criminal justice careers by clicking on Police and Detectives and Related Occupations. Also, see Discover Policing The most widely used internet resource for employment at the federal level is

People with criminal justice degrees pursue a wide variety of occupations.  The below provides examples of some of the more typical occupations but is not a complete listing. 


Local law enforcement

Municipal and County police departments
Park police
County police
Juvenile Justice Centers

State law enforcement:

Crime labs
State Crime Commissions
The Court System
Attorney General Offices
Narcotics Bureaus
Liquor Control Boards
State Police
Alabama Bureau of Investigation

Federal law enforcement:

Department of Defense
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Marshals Service
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Department of Transportation
Federal Trade Commission
Veterans Affairs
Customs Agency
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Food and Drug Administration
Office of the Inspector General
For a more complete listing of federal law enforcement agencies see

Private sector law enforcement:

Insurance companies
Private detectives/investigators
Safety officers
Private security
Security patrol officers

Courts and Corrections:

Law Clerk
Court Reporter
Probation Officer
Parole Officer
Correctional Officer
Correctional Counselor

Other Typical Vocations:

Data/research analyst
Victim's advocate
Juvenile probation officer
Probation Officer
Parole Officer
Correctional Officer
Correctional Counselor

With additional graduate/course work:

Criminal profiler
Forensic pathologist
Forensic anthropologist
Forensic scientist
Crime lab analyst
Data analyst
Crime scene investigator
Defense attorney