What Can I do With a Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

Resources with Ideas for Careers and/or Places of Employment

List of Employers and Job Titles Developed from Job Postings in Handshake for Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors

Students who major in criminology and criminal justice develop skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving. Students and alumni may find employment in government, nonprofits, social services, business, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's jobs database where the employer specifically requested criminology and criminal justice majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for criminology and criminal justice majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

  • Benton County — Deputy Sheriff, Parole & Probation Work Crew/Counselor, Juvenile Crime/Alcohol & Drug Prevention Coordinator, Parole and Probation Lieutenant
  • City of Beaverton — Crime Analyst
  • City of Corvallis — Management Assistant, Police Officer
  • City of Grants Pass — Public Safety Sergeant
  • City of Hillsboro — Police Crime Prevention Specialist
  • City of Keizer — Police Captain Patrol Division Commander and Support Division Commander
  • City of Lincoln City — Police Lieutenant, Police Officer
  • City of Salem — Senior Enforcement Officer, Downtown Security Enforcement Officer, Crime Analyst
  • Clark College — Director Security and Safety
  • CODA — Forensic Intensive Case Manager
  • Contra Costa County — Deputy Sheriff - Criminalist I, Victim/Witness Assistance Program Manager
  • Cowlitz County — Drug Court Coordinator, Probation Officer, Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Grays Harbor College — Director of Campus Safety & Security
  • Jackson County — Criminal Deputy, Community Justice Officer, Program Manager VII (Captain), Program Manager V (Lieutenant)
  • Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) — Legal Assistant, Data Integrity Assistant
  • Morrison Center Child & Family Services — Program Assistant
  • Multnomah County Department of Community Justice — Juvenile Probation Services and Adult Probation/Parole/Post Prison Supervision
  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office — Corrections Deputy
  • Nike — Senior Licensed Product Associate
  • Oregon Judicial Department, Oregon Courts — Juvenile Court Programs Analyst
  • Oregon State Bar — Investigator/Trial Assistant, CLE Publications Manager, Legal Research Assistant
  • Police Activities League (PAL) — Program Assistant/Recreation
  • Port of Portland — Emergency Communications Supervisor
  • SAIF Corporation — Field Investigator, Investigations Supervisor, Surveillance Investigator
  • Tongue Point Job Corps Center — Residential Counselor
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) — Contract Specialist
  • US Customs and Border Patrol — Border Patrol Agent
  • US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — Inspector
  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services — Immigration Inspectors, Adjudications Officers, and Criminal Investigators
  • US Customs and Border Protection — Agents, Inspectors, Officers
  • Vancouver Police Department — Police Reserve Program
  • Washington County District Attorney's Office — Criminal Justice Intern Advocate
  • Washington State Department of Corrections — Classification Counselor 2
  • Washington State Patrol — State Trooper
  • YWCA of Greater Portland — Counselor Aide

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Careers Reported by Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find brief descriptions of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Police Officers
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Managers
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Correctional Officers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives
  • Counselors
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Designers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Registered Nurses
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Education Administrators
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Supervisors of Correctional Officers

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Links to Government Job Classifications

Classification specifications are general descriptions of jobs in government agencies. This is not a list of current openings. Classification specifications provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Salary information may also  be included. You can review this information to identify kinds of government jobs you might be interested in pursuing that relate to your interest in criminology and criminal justice.





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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

  • Community Relations/Crime Prevention Officer
  • Correctional Sergeant
  • Court Officer
  • Deputy U.S. Marshall
  • Police Chief
  • Prison Training Officer
  • Prison Warden
  • Sheriff
  • State Trooper
  • Victim Advocate

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Resources with Descriptions of Careers that may be of Interest to Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors

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Professional Associations

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