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Employment Outlook

With the Master of Arts in Criminology you will:

  • Explore major correlates of crime, delinquency and deviance
  • Gain insight into correction systems, penology, criminal law, rehabilitation and recidivism
  • Examine societal responses to crime and delinquency 
  • Develop strong research skills to gather and analyze criminological data
  • Explore the causes of offending and victimization in violent and property crimes.

Employment opportunities within the field of criminology/criminal justice are expected to be excellent in the upcoming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field of criminology encompasses a broad range of career paths. Positions can be found in government agencies (accounting for approximately 50 percent of jobs), the private sector, and nonprofit agencies. Advanced technology and increasingly complex legal issues have led to specialized work in technology, computer security and intelligence.
Specific examples of entry-level career options include: (Click Titles to Expand)

Law Enforcement
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Detective
  • Research Intelligence Analyst
Judicial System
  • Victim-Witness Coordinator
  • Court Security Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Jury Analyst
Correctional Facilities
  • Corrections Officer
  • Juvenile Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Case Manager

The salary range for those working in the field of criminology can range from $40,000 and $122,000 per year, depending on employer, location and level of experience, according to PayScale. The highest paying jobs will usually be with the federal government, though large municipalities may also pay at the higher end of the salary range.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14