There is a plethora of jobs in the crime-fighting domain. There are over 12,000 local police departments in the United States. Government agencies, such as the FBI, train thousands annually. This Federal agency employs over 36,000 men and women and has a budget exceeding $8 billion. Other federal law enforcement agencies are continually seeking those with advanced degrees who are able to pass the respective agency’s stringent qualifications.
The following is a sampling of jobs to consider for those armed with their Master’s degree in Criminal Justice:
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Correctional treatment specialists identify and refer eligible offenders to appropriate programs as well as monitor inmates’ progress. Often called case managers, they are the professionals who are charged with counseling inmates before their probation, parole or release. They, therefore, play an important role in curbing recidivism, as it is through their counsel and advice that inmates are released into society.
Average Salary: $52,380
An analyst performs a number of tasks related to understanding and disseminating information from the field. The main goal of these CIA analysts is to assess the political strategies of foreign governments. By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of these strategies, political analysts can assess the impact these strategies may have on the U.S. As such, the goal of political analysis is not to determine the outcome of the policy process, but to instead provide an in-depth, complete analysis that allows the policymaker to make the most informed decision possible.
Average Salary: $75,000
Juvenile Probation Officer
Juvenile probation officers’ primary task is to supervise the youth on their caseloads and ensure compliance with the court’s orders. Juvenile probation officers conduct regular visits to the juvenile’s home, school, work, and other areas of the community which the juvenile frequents. As a result, you need a strong educational background in criminal justice to qualify for this job.
Average Salary: $52,380
A victims’ advocate helps victims cope with the stress and the trauma that follows a crime or abuse. Victims often have to manage psychological, physical, financial, and/or emotional stress. A victims’ advocate provides assistance to individuals who need help dealing with the fallout from a traumatic experience. If you want to use your criminal justice education to help victims and witnesses of crime, consider becoming a victims’ advocate, also called victim/witness assistant.
Average Salary: $48,370
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are responsible for preventing illegal immigration and preventing the unlawful traffic of goods into the U.S.. Their primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. To qualify for Superior Academic Achievement, applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree (GL-7 level). You may substitute a Master’s degree, two full years of graduate education, a L.L.B., or J.D. degree in any field of study for the experience required at the GL-9 level.
Average Salary: $80,540
U.S. Postal Inspector
US Postal inspectors conduct surveillance of suspects, gather and analyze evidence, interview witnesses, and attempt to obtain confessions. U.S. Postal inspectors are involved in homeland security and may be involved in tasks related to counter-terrorism, such as pattern analysis to identify terrorist activities conducted by mail. Candidates with an Advanced degree (M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in any field) must have one year of full-time work experience in a related field, as opposed to 2 years experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
Salary: Entry-level salary ranges from $53,350 to $97,333 per year
Mediators are a less visible but essential part of the criminal justice system, working behind the scenes in out-of-court dispute resolution. In many ways, a mediator is like a less formal judge: mediators serve as an impartial party, overseeing private hearings outside of the court room. A mediator is in charge of managing dispute proceedings and keeping the discussion relevant and polite. They may save the involved parties the time and expense of a trial by mediating an agreed settlement. To accomplish this, they need excellent communication, interpersonal and legal skills to craft the compromising proposals between parties. In most cases, mediators have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field, such as criminal justice or counseling.
Average Salary: $77,200 (U.S. Bureau of Labor)
This is a sampling of professions that may be suitable to those with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. As we stated initially, there are numerous jobs in the vast arena associated with crime fighting. Positions range from local and federal law enforcement to self-employed private investigators.