Criminal Justice Careers
A fast-growing field, with quality of workforce becoming a top concern.
Businesses and government bodies face a tremendous need for qualified personnel in the dynamic and diverse field of criminal justice, security management and security management technology.
With a degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management or certificates in criminal justice, security management and security management technology, you will be prepared for the broad range of employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of criminal justice and security management - both in the private sector and in the federal, state and municipal governments.
This program will familiarize you with the American criminal justice system and corporate security world. You will be studying the interrelationships and responsibilities of each area while becoming proficient in interpersonal and group communications. That will allow you to develop the essential problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to advance your career and pursue such administrative, supervisory and leadership roles in:
- Law enforcement
- Corporate security
- Juvenile justice
- Legal arenas
- Criminal and security analysis
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Probation and parole
- Investigative support
See what our CJSM Program Chair has to say in this "Let's Talk About Jobs!" ebrief, which includes recommendations on job searching and additional career options in the Criminal Justice & Security Management field.
Whether you like it or not, crime is a part of your life. A career in criminal justice or corporate security can prepare you in this fight against crime. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice and corporate career fields are expected to grow faster than other traditional careers. Funding and public trends may lead to more jobs in law enforcement, corporate security, corrections, criminal and security analysis, probation and parole, and investigative support.
Within the criminal justice field, the average salary is around $50, 000 per year, and in some organizations can run as high as $125, 000. In the corporate security field, salaries range upwards of more than $100, 000, depending on the position.
Don't just listen to us. Hear what our students had to say.
"It is very satisfying on a personal level to know that I'm earning a degree from SLU. At some point, I'd like to become a detective and have the opportunity to become a sergeant. The competition is stiff for those positions, but I know that a bachelor's degree from SLU increases my chances dramatically."
- Officer Todd Jones, School Resource Officer, O'Fallon Township High School
"As a transfer student, this is the best educational experience I've ever had. The one-on-one attention I receive from the advisors and instructors is first-rate at SLU. Between the work experience from my job and the knowledge I'm gaining in these classes, I believe I'll meet and exceed my career goals."
- Allison Papa, Client Advocate, Madison County Public Defender's Office
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