Career Opportunities

EKU’s online criminal justice degree combines the professional skills of specialized areas of criminal justice with the analytical skills needed to help you enhance your qualifications and pursue more challenging responsibilities in criminal justice agencies and organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, and employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028.  

 

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $47,725 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $47,725 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Police & Detectives

 


Median Annual Salary:
$63,380 per year
$30 per hour

Number of Jobs:
808,700

Typical Entry-Level
Education:
High School Diploma

(Varies by agency & department- bachelor’s degrees are increasingly being required)

 

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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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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


Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers


Security Guards


General & Operations Managers


Social & Human Service Assistants


Correctional Officers & Jailers



First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers

Graduate Employers


The Kroger Company


Amazon.com, Inc.


United States Dept. of the Army


Kentucky Dept. of Corrections


Lexington-Fayette Urban County Gov't. 


Commonwealth of Kentucky

Graduate Job Titles


Security Officer


Police Officer


Correctional Officer


Mental Health Counselor


Probation Officer



Social Work Case Manager