Career Opportunities

The criminal justice system employs nearly two million people across the nation and offers a variety of career opportunities. These opportunities include corrections, law enforcement, the court system, probation and parole. Careers in corrections and juvenile justice are challenging and rewarding. A degree in corrections and juvenile justice studies can help you start or advance your career in the field of criminal justice.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists will see an increase through 2028.

Positions for correctional officers and other job opportunities in the criminal and juvenile justice fields are also expected to rise. The majority of these positions are housed in state and local governments within the department of corrections in prisons, youth correctional facilities and community agencies.

Although education was not historically mandatory in the corrections field, it has become increasingly necessary as the profession evolves. Advanced degrees are required for many positions at the federal level and will likely become essential for advancement.

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $47,488 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $47,488 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

Median Annual Salary:
$53,020 per year
$25 per hour

Number of Jobs:
91,600

Typical Entry-Level
Education:
Bachelor's Degree

 

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Substance Abuse, Behavioral, & Mental Health Counselors     

Median Annual Salary:   
$44,630 per year
$21 per hour

Number of Jobs:
304,500

Typical Entry-Level
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree

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Social & Human Services Assistants

 

Median Annual Salary:
$33,750 per year
$16 per hour

Number of Jobs:
413,700

Typical Entry-Level Education:
High School Diploma

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Correctional Officers & Bailiffs

 

Median Annual Salary:
$44,400 per year
$21 per hour

Number of Jobs:
453,900

Typical Entry-Level Education:
High School Diploma

*Job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook. Which can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations


Child, Family, & School Social Workers


Correctional Officers & Jailers


Probation Officers &
Correctional Treatment Specialists


General & Operational Managers


Social & Human Service Assistants


Community & Social Service Specialists

Graduate Employers


Commonwealth of Kentucky


Kentucky Department of Corrections


Administrative Office of The Courts



Lee County Sheriff's Office


Applied Behavioral Services


Ashland Group Home, Inc.

Graduate Job Titles


Probation Officer


Social Worker


Security Officer



Youth Care Worker


Correctional Officer


Jailer