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Careers in Criminology

Criminology is a dynamic field of study that prepares students for a variety of jobs at all levels of government and in the private sector. A sample of employment opportunities is provided below. Most of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but there are others, such as diplomatic security, where a master’s degree is needed for entry level employment. In some cases, proficiency in a foreign language or basic accounting is necessary.

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State & Federal Positions:

  • Academic & Vocational Teacher
  • Community-Based Corrections Administrator
  • Correctional Counselor/Case Worker
  • Correctional Administrator
  • Correctional Program Administrator
  • Correctional Recreational Specialist
  • Institutional Researcher/Data Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer

Local/State Positions:

  • Campus Police Officer/Administrator
  • Fish & Game Officer
  • Forest Ranger
  • Highway Patrol Officer/Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Police Administrator
  • Police Officer
  • Police Training Instructor
  • School Safety Coordinator


  • Attorney
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Data Analyst
  • Court Security
  • Investigator for U.S./State Attorney General
  • Investigator for U.S./State/County Prosecutors
  • Pretrial Diversion Administrator
  • Pretrial Services Officer

Federal Agencies/Positions:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Border Patrol
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Diplomatic Security
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fish & Wildlife Agent
  • Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Inspector General’s Office
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Military Police
  • National Security Agency
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Park Police
  • Postal Service Inspector
  • Railroad Agent/Inspector
  • Secret Service
  • U.S. Customs Service
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Forestry Service

Juvenile Services:

  • Child Protection Service Worker/Administrator
  • Group Home Worker/Administrator
  • Juvenile Care Specialist
  • Juvenile Detention Officer/Administrator
  • Juvenile Diversion Specialist
  • Juvenile Services Coordinator/Administrator
  • Youth Services System Worker
  • U.S. Marshal’s Office
  • U.S. Treasury Department

Victim Services:

  • Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Crisis Center Coordinator
  • Domestic Violence Counselor/Administrator
  • Witness Services Coordinator

Private Security:

  • Bank Fraud Investigator
  • Credit Investigator
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Investigator Research & Planning Specialist
  • Private Security Officer
  • Professional Sports Security
  • Security Manager/Administrator


  • Legislative Assistant
  • County/State
  • Research Analyst

Note that many private entities have proprietary or in-house security, with larger organizations such as Bass Pro Shops and Wal-Mart having extensive, hierarchical security divisions.