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Criminal justice degrees will help you get more jobs

There are many jobs that criminal justice degree-holders can pursue. Unlike many sectors, criminal justice remains a stable despite the recession. But while there are many jobs available, there is also a lot of competition, especially for law enforcement positions at the state and federal levels.

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for private detectives will increase nearly 20% over the next 7 years. This is much faster than average job growth. Other positions will enjoy similar growth too and one way you can stand out from the tough competition is by earning your criminal justice degree.

Criminal justice degrees can help you earn higher salaries

Based on a report in 2009, criminal justice degree-holders in the following fields reported the following average starting salaries:

  • Security guards: $26,000
  • Private detectives: $47,000
  • Paralegals: $52,000
  • Police officers: $70,000
  • Security directors: $80,000
  • Police chiefs: $90,000

Careers in criminal justice

Careers for criminal justice degree-holders can be wide and eclectic. In addition to the careers above, many opt for careers as the following:

  • ATF Agent
  • Criminalist
  • Bailiff
  • Criminologist
  • CIA Agent
  • Customs Agent
  • Coast Guard
  • DEA Agent
  • Compliance Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Court Reporter
  • Forensic Science

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