In the previous two articles, we profiled six of the most common jobs in criminal justice. This article will round out the list of top careers in the field by examining some of the top jobs you might not have considered. These are not entry-level positions, so they will not be the first job you get after graduation, but they are excellent career paths that you can consider entering once you have some more experience under your belt.
Intelligence analysts are employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to analyze information related to national security. They use their specialized knowledge of international relations, databases, and intelligence networks to provide the information law enforcement officers and government agencies need to protect our country. They may work in the field as part of investigative squads, in the collection and reporting of intelligence, or in strategic development. Some state and local government agencies also employ intelligence analysts. The salary for intelligence analysts varies depending on agency and experience.
Forensic Science Technicians
There is a good deal of crossover between criminal justice and forensic science programs, and some schools even offer combined degrees. Forensic scientist technicians gather and analyze evidence from crime scenes. They may work at the scenes themselves or in special forensic science laboratories. They often work very closely with police officers and detectives, so having a solid background in corrections and the justice systems is great preparation for a career in forensic science. Forensic science technicians can command salaries of more than $50,000 per year. If you want to pursue this path, you should also consider taking some basic science courses and choosing electives that are specific to forensics.
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
Finally, if you are just now thinking about enrolling in criminal justice school, then becoming a teacher might be pretty far down the road, but many criminal justice professionals go into teaching in the latter part of their careers. One of the big reasons for this is that being a teacher is much less dangerous than being a police officer! Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers work at colleges, universities, and trade schools, much like the schools you are considering now at the beginning of your career. Their salary is about $65,000, so although most positions require at least a master’s degree, this is one of the highest paying jobs on the list.
Over a series of three articles, we’ve looked at nine different career tracks for graduates of criminal justice schools. As you can see, this is a diverse field, and earning a certificate or diploma is one of the best ways you can prepare to take advantage of all of the opportunities that lie ahead.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary.” Occupational Employment Statistics.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Intelligence Analysts.”
University of Southern Mississippi. “Forensic Science – B.S. (Criminal Justice).”
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Forensic Science Technicians.” Occupational Employment Statistics.