Career Opportunities

Careers in criminal justice leadership are challenging and rewarding. The criminal justice system employs nearly two million people across the nation and is made up of multiple aspects including, law enforcement, corrections, the court system, probation and parole.

A master’s degree in justice, policy and leadership can help you gain the management, communication and budgeting skills needed to make your mark in criminal justice leadership and influence policy makers. Graduates are prepared for career advancement and to take on leadership roles within community organizations that promote diversity and support the equitable treatment and human rights of all people.

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $54,229 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $54,229 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 & Community Services Manager


Median Annual Salary:
$65,320 per year
$31 per hour

Number of Jobs:
168,800

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Bachelor's Degree

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Training Specialist


 

Median Annual Salary:
$60,870 per year
$29 per hour

Number of Jobs:
306,400

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Bachelor's Degree

*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


First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives


Detectives & Criminal Investigators



Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers


Public Relations & Fundraising Managers


Training & Development Specialists


Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

Graduate Employers


Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy


American Probation & Parole Association


Appalachian Citizens Law Center


Benchmark Family Services, Inc.



Broadening Horizons, Inc.


Cabinet for Health & Family Services

Graduate Job Titles


Adjunct Instructor



Probation Officer



Residential Counselor


Behavior Specialist



Budget Analyst


Case Management Supervisor