Tales of Justice

Who’s Hiring? Positive Outlook for Criminal Justice Careers

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

College students close to graduating are entering the workforce in arguably the most optimistic time since the Recession. Hiring data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows growth in almost every area of the economy — an average of 11 percent.

The role of Americans with criminal justice background — an understanding of the complex sociological, criminological and political interactions of our culture — is useful in every area of the economy.  And the outlook for Criminal Justice students is bright.

We’ve broken down fifteen different criminal justice careers that we’re excited about, and according to their Job Outlook statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. The average growth of these careers specifically is 15.5 percent, a higher-than-average growth percentage. Click below for more information about these careers, average salaries, ‘how to become one’ and more about their outlook.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 31%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 28,200

Mental Health Counselors:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 29%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 48,200

 Health Educators and Community Health Workers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 21%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 21,400

Rehabilitation Counselors

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 20%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 23,400

Social Worker:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 19%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 114,100

Survey Researchers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 18%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 3,200

Sociologists:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 15%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 400

 Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 12%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 130,200

Private Detectives and Investigators:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 11%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 3,3000

Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 10%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 900

Lawyers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 10%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 74,800

Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 21%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 21,400

Forensic Science Technicians:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 6%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 700

Police and Detectives:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 5%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 41,400

Correctional Officers:

Job Outlook, 2012-22: 5%

Employment Change, 2012-22: 23,000

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