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How to Find a Job with a Degree In Criminal Justice

Updated on December 31, 2010

Distribution of Criminal Justice Jobs in America

The number of criminal justice jobs in America is increasing for 2009 - 2012 and has been increasing since July 2005. This increase in jobs in most evident in specific job clusters within the field and these job titles are good for employment opportunities currently and in the future.

This Hub provides a sense of the distribution of criminal justice jobs across America by

  1. City or Metro Area
  2. The Top 10 High Demand Jobs in Criminal Justice.

Following this two-progened breakdown of job distribution are the most-listed opportunities in several of the highest demand related occupations in the field of Criminal Justice from 2009 - 2012.

High demand criminal-justice related job opportunities are clustered in

  • Loss Prevention
  • Security
  • Forensics
  • Homeland Security
  • Corrections 

Resources for finding and securing American jobs in Criminal Justice are presented at the end of this Hub.

A detailed discussion of various jobs in the field of Criminal Justice is provided at Careers in Criminology.

Jobs in Criminal Justice Increased 100% from 2005 - 2009

Top 15 Cities for Criminal Justice Jobs

The top job listings to the left are centered in the following 15 large metropolitan area:

  1. Washington DC
  2. Arlington VA
  3. Atlanta GA
  4. Jacksonville FL
  5. New York City
  6. Chicago IL
  7. Seattle WA
  8. Tampa FL
  9. Pittsburgh PA
  10. Phoenix AZ
  11. Fort Lauderdale FL
  12. Sacramento CA
  13. Austin TX
  14. Houston TX
  15. Fairfax VA


Top 10 High Demand Jobs

Looking at two of the largest online job search engines for America, SimplyHired and Indeed, the following job citles were those that appeared most often in a search of "criminal justice":

  1. Lawyers
  2. Paralegal Specialists and Legal Assistants
  3. Educational Recruiters - for criminal justice programs.
  4. Security positions with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice
  5. Adjunct Computer Networking Instructors - focus on security
  6. Loss Prevention Managers
  7. Criminal Justice Instructors - Full instructors.
  8. Store Detectives & Loss Prevention Detectives
  9. Security Officers
  10. Correctional Officers

Loss Prevention Jobs Increased in 2007 - 2009

Although Loss Prevention job listings decreased in 2006, additional openings were added through Summer 2009 to over 20,000 jobs nationwide.
Although Loss Prevention job listings decreased in 2006, additional openings were added through Summer 2009 to over 20,000 jobs nationwide.

Top 15 Companies for Loss Prevention Job Listers

Over 20,000 jobs in loss prevention were available in America on September 12, 2009 on the largest Internet employment sites. This may be a good entry level position form which you can work up to positions of greater pay and more responsibility.

Loss prevention employment needs are listed in the greatest numbers by the following companies:

  1. Office Max
  2. Kmart Corporation
  3. Ross Stores
  4. Sears
  5. WalMart
  6. CVS Pharmacy
  7. TJX Companies
  8. Nike
  9. Macy's
  10. Kohl's
  11. Ann Taylor
  12. The TJX Companies, Inc.
  13. Chico`s FAS, Inc
  14. AAFES
  15. CVS Caremark

The major cities for these jobs include:

NYC, Houston TX, San Francisco, Las Vegas NV, Atlanta GA, San Antonio TX, Seattle WA, DallasTX, Los Angeles, Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Philadelphia PA, and Orlando and Miami FL.

Security Jobs Increased 110% from 2005 - 2009

Top 10 Security Jobs

The Top 10 Security Jobs listed below are found in the same cities as the Top Loss Prevention Jobs above.

  1. Security Officers and Guards
  2. Transportation Security Officer (TSO)
  3. Government Jobs in Security
  4. Retail Personal Bankers
  5. Police Officer - Military Police
  6. Security Guards/Security Officers/Security Positions
  7. Police Officers
  8. Correctional Officers
  9. Pass & ID Clerks
  10. Weapons Handlers

Largest Hiring Companies:

  1. Allied Barton Security Service
  2. Northrop Grumman
  3. Army National Guard
  4. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
  5. Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  6. Federal Government Jobs
  7. Lockheed Martin
  8. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  9. SAIC - science
  10. General Dynamics - IT
  11. CACI - computers
  12. Fifth Third Bank
  13. US Army - Office of the Secretary


Forensics Jobs have increased 325% from 2005 - 2009

Top Hiring Companies

  1. ManTech Int'l Corp.
  2. CompHealth
  3. Life Technologies
  4. Quest Diagnostics
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. Project Time & Cost, Inc.
  8. Northrop Grumman
  9. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  10. SAIC
  11. Booz Allen Hamilton
  12. KPMG

Top 10 Cities for Forensics Positions

The Top 10 Cities for jobs in forensics and related positions are:

  1. Washington DC
  2. Reston, Arlington, and Fort Belvoir VA
  3. NYC
  4. Carlsbad CA
  5. Chicago
  6. Atlanta GA
  7. Houston TX
  8. McLean VA
  9. Los Angeles and San Francisco
  10. Indianapolis IN

Homeland Security Jobs Increased 600% from 2005 - 2009

Top 15 Homeland Security Jobs

If you are interested in a government related criminal justice job, the following is a list of

15 High Demand Job Titles in Homeland Security

  1. Transportation Security Officer (TSO)
  2. Sr Systems Engineer Ii
  3. Software Engineer - Requires Polygraph Screening
  4. Senior Business Development Manager And Dod & Government Progs
  5. OPM Investigator
  6. Information Technology Specialist
  7. Sr Analyst, Systems
  8. Systems Engineer - Requires Polygraph
  9. Systems Integrator - Requires Polygraph
  10. Mis - Info Tech / Telecommunications
  11. Sr Software Engineer I
  12. Intelligence Assistant
  13. Project Manager
  14. Program Manager
  15. Sr Analyst, Functional

This positions are located in these large metro areas:

  1. Chantilly, Arlington, McLean, Herndon, Fairfax, and Reston VA
  2. Washington DC
  3. Columbia, Silver Spring, Baltimore, Fort Meade, and Rockville MD
  4. Aurora CO
  5. San Diego CA

Jobs In Corrections Increased 40-50% from 2005 - 2009

Top Job Listers in Corrections

  1. NES Employment Solutions
  2. Community Education Centers
  3. Johnson Controls Inc, Building Efficiency
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. CSC
  6. Northrop Grumman
  7. Cornell Companies
  8. Kforce Professional Staffing
  9. Corrections Corporation of America
  10. University Medical Centers
  11. Johnson Controls
  12. United States Armed Forces

Top 15 Corrections Jobs

  1. Customer Service Representatives and Associates
  2. Controls Technicians
  3. Dispatching
  4. Optometrist
  5. Corrections and Probation Officers
  6. Center Directors
  7. Front Desk Clerks
  8. Product Demonstrators & Team Leaders - corrections and defense products 
  9. SAP Basis Architect - Senior Consultant
  10. Software Developers
  11. Case Managers
  12. Case Work Assistants
  13. Federal Financial Analysts
  14. Healthcare Workers
  15. Social Services Counselors


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      Broward County public records 6 years ago

      Great hub. Your top 10 lists are interesting.

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      JodiVee 7 years ago

      I'm very impressed by your article; it is well-written and well-researched. Although I do not intend to work in criminal justice, it is a topic I find interesting. Again, great article.

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      Resolver2009 8 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      Well written hub. Really interesting reading, thanks.

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The hub is a very informative one no doubt but at the same time it induces a desire to know some thing about Criminal Justice apart from the kind of job one is carrying out or wishes to do.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Good way to target a potential career for anyone deciding what they should study at college. At least they can be reasonably sure they will have a job at the end of their studies.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      A very informative hub, keep up the good work. thanks. creativeone59

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      S K G Rao. 8 years ago from Bangalore City - INDIA.

      Yes here in Bangalore many girls are going for higher education in other areas of Law also.The problem they have is that it is not possible to study here and take a Job in your place as your law doesn't allow.Can you say something on this ridiculous law.