Tales of Justice

Top-10 jobs for criminal justice administration bachelor’s holders

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Alvernia’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice Administration degree opens the door to a wide variety of careers for our students. While many people think that a CJ degree is mostly for aspiring police officers, a recent study shows a diverse set of opportunities require criminal justice degrees.

A search for “criminal justice” on Indeed.com job site returned 38 hits for Delaware, 597 for Pennsylvania, 1,589 for New York, 282 for Maryland and 229 for New Jersey.

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Using real-time job analysis software from BurningGlass.com, researchers at Rasmussen identified more than 285,000 job openings from the past 12 months that specifically mentioned a criminal justice degree as a qualifying factor. They highlighted the top 10 most popular job titles to illustrate the range of opportunities available to those studying criminal justice.

Business Intelligence Analyst

Business intelligence analysts use data to figure out market and business trends for companies to increase profits and efficiency. They may work directly for a company or as a consultant. Business intelligence analysts gather this data through a number of ways, from mining a company’s computer data through software, looking at competitor data and industry trends to help develop a picture of where the company stands in the industry, where they can improve and where they can reduce costs. Read more about this position and see salary estimate at Snagajob.com.

Retail Loss Prevention Specialist

Loss-prevention specialists watch over the sales floor to prevent shoplifting and changing of price tags. They may patrol on foot in full uniform to act as a theft deterrent, or they may dress in street clothes and pretend to be customers as they look for what’s commonly called “the steps.” Read more about this position at Monster.com.

Mental Health Counselor

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. Read more about this position at The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Social Worker

What a social worker does each day depends on where he or she works and his or her level of education. The services they provide vary widely. Direct-service social workers generally help address everyday problems from finding work or applying for government aid, whereas clinical social workers (licensed clinical social workers) generally help address mental health problems. Because their services are rather wide-ranging, they may be employed in a variety of settings including government agencies, nonprofits, schools, and hospitals. Read more about this position at WiseGeek.com.

Police Patrol Officer

Most new police officers work in general duty in patrol divisions, which provides a broad range of experiences and assignments. General duty policing involves patrolling assigned areas to enforce laws, protect public safety, and arrest criminal suspects — either by car, foot, bicycle, or in some cases, horse.

Police officers can also do some or all of the following: Investigate accidents and crime scenes; secure evidence and interview witnesses; testify in court; collect notes and reports; provide emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters, crime, and accidents; engage in crime prevention, safety, and public information programs; participate in media relations; and supervise and manage the work of other police officers. Read more about this position at Career Bear.

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