General Education

Top Criminal Justice Careers

General EducationFebruary 23, 2016

If you’re preparing for a criminal justice career at Fortis, your career options upon graduation are quite varied. While a police officer remains the most popular criminal justice job, a CJ degree can open up so many different and diverse career paths. The category covers all officers from state troopers and sheriff’s deputies to K9 handlers.

List of Top Criminal Justice Careers

The top five list of opportunities is rounded out by paralegal/legal assistant, probation/community control officer, detective/criminal investigator, and legal secretary. But the list of top career options doesn’t end there, depending on the criteria you apply.


The highest paying jobs in the criminal justice field include lawyers, judges, and forensic psychologists, but these career paths require specialized educations. However, the top paying list also includes FBI agents, private investigators, intelligence analysts, financial examiners, criminologists, security managers and customs officials as well -- careers that don’t require, for example, a law degree.


If the outdoors are a key consideration, you may want to think about park ranger, game warden, border patrol or conservation officer. If you’re an “indoor” person, there are spots for transportation security officers, postal service inspectors, victim witness assistants, or forensic specialists – everything from ballistics and finger print analysis to anthropology (i.e. “Bones” TV program) and toxicology.

Earning a Criminal Justice Degree

A basic criminal justice education can help lay the groundwork for an array of jobs – from security guard, corrections officer and parole/probation officer to crime scene investigator (CSI), bounty hunter/bail enforcement agent or loss prevention officer. Of course, cybercrime and cyber security are growing options, too, as the world becomes more dependent on computers and advanced technology.


The Fortis criminal justice curriculum provides a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system, its methods, techniques, procedures and technologies. It offers a balance of theory and application that has been shown to be useful in the field. Some career choices will require specialized training, but the profession, and its many investigatory elements, will always be in demand as long as crime is around – and that’s not going away any time soon.


If a career in the criminal justice field is appealing, check out the various education options available to you at select Fortis College and Institute campuses. Learn how to start a criminal justice program today!  

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