Careers and Outcomes

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Finding answers to the crime problem

Knowledge about crime, delinquency and the justice system increases your career options and advancement opportunities within the field of criminal justice. The faculty members in the criminology program build a foundation of knowledge in law, law enforcement, corrections and courts through core and elective classes. Also, our criminology program provides you with realistic expectations about careers in criminal justice and real-world experiences to supplement your academic coursework.

Upon graduation, our graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of areas in criminal justice and further educational opportunities. Careers commonly pursued by our graduates include:

Law enforcement:

  • Border patrol officer
  • County or city police officer
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Immigration officer

Private security or loss prevention officers

Community-based corrections/treatment:

  • Case worker
  • Facility administer
  • Halfway house counselor
  • Probation and/or parole officer
  • Victim advocate

Institutional corrections:

  • Correctional officer
  • Juvenile corrections officer
  • Placement officer
  • Recreation supervisor
  • Administrative support

While some careers require only a bachelor's degree, many careers in criminal justice require vocational training and additional certifications. To qualify for administrative positions, a master's degree is often a requirement. Careers in criminal justice that require further graduate-level education include:

  • Attorneys
  • Counselor
  • Facilities manager or administrator
  • Forensics
  • Professor of criminology
  • Profiling
  • Prosecutors

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a criminal justice degree. You can view their recommendations by downloading the "What can I do with this major?" PDF.