Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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.

Law enforcement careers are challenging and rewarding. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed in police and detective positions will see an increase through 2028.

Competition is expected to increase for state and local positions and remain especially high for federal positions with organizations such as the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Those with college degrees will have a competitive edge.

Although education was not historically mandatory in the policing field, it has become increasingly necessary as perceptions about policing change, technology advances, and more agencies implement college credit requirements.

Continuing education and training helps police officers, detectives, and special agents improve their job performance and their chances for advancement. With additional education, graduates can pursue second careers as judges, attorneys or social workers.


Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $46,109 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $46,109 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Police Officers & Detectives


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

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level
High School Diploma

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

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Probation Officers
& Correctional Treatment

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

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level
Bachelor’s Degree

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Social Services Assistants


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

Number of Jobs:

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:

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

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations

Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Security Guards

First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives

Correctional Officers & Jailers

Social & Human Services Assistants

Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Graduate Employers

Eastern Kentucky University, Inc.

Army National Guard

Police Department

University of Kentucky

Big Sandy Regional Detention Center

Graduate Job Titles

Police Officer

Public Safety Officer

Corrections Officer


Loss Prevention Detective

Security Officer