What can I do with my CRIMINAL JUSTICE degree?

Employers of Criminal Justice Majors

  • Federal Agencies: Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, U.S. Customs, U.S. Marshals, DEA,

  • Departments of Immigration, Naturalization, Justice, Treasury, and Health & Human

  • Services, Labor, Interior and Office of Inspector General

  • Administration

  • State Agencies: State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Commission,

  • Wildlife & Fisheries

  • Local Agencies: Bureau of Investigations, Constables, Animal Control, Sanitation Dept., Revenue Dept.

  • Corrections Department

  • Department of Public Safety

  • Sheriff's Office

  • Businesses, Industries, Hospitals,

  • Airports, etc. for Security Operations

  • Federal, State & Local Court Systems


Related Occupations for Criminal Justice Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Airport Security Officer

Customs Agent

Police Detective

Alcohol, Tobacco &

Firearms Agent

Deportation Officer

Police Officer


Deputy Marshall

Private Investigator

Body Guard

Drug Enforcement Agent

Probation & Parole Officer

Border Patrol

FBI Agent

Public Safety Officer

CIA Agent

Fish & Game Warden

Revenue Officer

Child Support Agency Worker


Secret Service Agent

Compliance Manager

Juvenile Court Counselor


Contracts Administrator


Surveillance Officer

Corrections Facility Manager

Law Enforcement Officer

US Customs Agent

Court Administrator

Media Criminologist

US Marshal

Court Clerk


Victim Services

Court Reporter



Criminal Investigator

Park Ranger

Witness Protection Program



Youth Advocate


Preparing for a Job in Criminal Justice

  1. Obtain hands-on experience through internship or co-op.

  2. Maintain high degree of physical fitness.

  3. Inquire about the stress interview.

  4. Maintain clear public record and image.

  5. Develop an understanding and respect for the workings of the legal system.

  6. Become familiar with hiring procedures of governments agencies.

  7. Develop the ability the work as part of a team as well as independently.

  8. Acquire knowledge of security systems.


Links for Criminal Justice Majors

U.S. Government
National Institute of Justice

(also see their publications)

U.S. State Governments
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Other Louisiana Resources
Nongovernmental Organizations, Private Enterprise and other information related to Corrections, Prisons, etc.


Contact Information

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Fayard Hall Room 336
Tel: 985-549-2110