Criminal Justice Careers: Serve Your Community as a Leader
Lindenwood’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration program is designed to strengthen your professional skills and open the door to advanced criminal justice careers. Through courses taught by educators with industry experience, you’ll gain expertise in criminal justice leadership, corrections administration, crisis management, labor-management relations, and more.
- $64,170 median annual salary for police officers
- 5% industry growth rate
- 40,600 new criminal justice careers by 2029
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of police officers in the U.S. is growing at an annual rate of 5%. At this pace, more than 40,000 new police officers will be needed by 2029.
Police officers enforce the law to protect members of their communities. Their responsibilities include arresting offenders, maintaining traffic laws, and investigating crimes.
Forensic Science Technician
Forensic science technicians help investigators solve crimes by gathering and studying physical evidence left at crime scenes, including DNA and fingerprints. These professionals may compile DNA profiles to test against potential suspects and help establish justice for crime victims.
Career and salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Additional criminal justice careers for graduates of this program:
- Probation officer
- Emergency management director
- Private detective
- Correctional officer
As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.
Program Outcomes: Skills for Advanced Criminal Justice Careers
When you complete the online Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration program, you will be able to:
- Exhibit effective leadership, critical thinking, and decision-making skills to oversee a criminal justice organization
- Understand the principles, concepts, and theories related to the ethical practice of criminal justice administration
- Identify best practices and develop strategies to resolve issues in the workplace and manage diverse populations
- Collaborate with diverse criminal justice professionals during investigation procedures
- Oversee criminal investigations and protect crime scenes for forensic analysis
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.
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