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Careers in Criminal Justice

Positions that Protect

Lindenwood’s online criminal justice degree examines the U.S. justice system while preparing you to enforce the law in a variety of criminal justice careers. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to serve your community and pursue a career in police and sheriff’s departments, federal agencies, courts, correctional institutions, probation and parole services, social service agencies, juvenile facilities, and private enterprise.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for law enforcement officers is expanding by 5% each year, which is much faster than the average industry growth rate. More than 40,000 new positions for police officers are expected by 2029.

Police Officer


Police officers enforce the law to protect members of their communities. Their responsibilities include arresting offenders, maintaining traffic laws, and responding to violent crimes.

Probation Officer


Probation officers work to reform offenders who have been paroled. They must meet regularly with people who have been paroled to ensure they are following stipulations of their probation and do not become repeat offenders.

Career and salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of this program may also qualify for the following careers in criminal justice:

  • Criminal investigator
  • Correctional officer
  • Lawyer
  • Victim advocate

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Program Outcomes: Criminal Justice Careers to Protect Your Community

When you complete the online criminal justice degree, you will be able to:

Career Support

Lindenwood University is committed to supporting its students academically and professionally after graduation.

Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-941-0568 to learn more about the career services that are available to you.

Job Fairs

We host four job fairs per year, both on campus and through our partnerships within the Gateway Career Association.

Office of Career Services

We can help you begin your job search, make professional connections, and prepare for the job you want.

Alumni Network

When you graduate with a degree from Lindenwood, you’ll be a part of our extensive network of former students.

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