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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Criminal Justice



Employment opportunities exist for Criminal Justice majors in all areas of the legal, law enforcement, and justice systems. Students receive instruction on the theories and practices pertaining to the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and public and corporate responses to crime on the local, national, and international levels.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate coursework in law or public policy as well as many other criminal justice related disciplines. If a graduate with a Bachelor's degree is looking for employment after graduation, opportunities exist at the managerial level in county, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. Research centers concerned with domestic and international issues, policies and practices related to the criminal justice system provide additional opportunities to experience this exciting field.

While many graduates work in a related occupation, others choose fields which do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, service-learning, related work or volunteer experiences, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

ATF Inspector Evidence Technician Police Lieutenant
Bailiff Federal Protection Officer Police Officer
Border Patrol Agent Fingerprint Technician Polygraph Examiner
Chief Deputy I.R.S. Agent Postal Inspector
Child Welfare Caseworker Immigration Guard Probation Officer
Correction Officer Import Specialist Psychologist
Corrections Counselor Law Clerk Secret Service Officer
Court Administrator Law Librarian Serology Technician
Court Clerk Lawyer Social Worker
Court Reporter Legal Transcriber Special Agent, Customs
Criminologist Paralegal Special Agent, FBI
Customs Patrol Officer Penologist Teacher/Professor
Deputy Sheriff Police Detective Warden
Deputy U.S. Marshall Police Dispatcher Youth Counselor

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Border Patrol Department Stores Security Firms
Colleges/Universities Entertainment Venues Shopping Centers
Correctional institutions Private Detective/Investigation .


Government Agencies
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Family Courts National Security Agency
CIA/FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Parole Departments
Criminal Courts Federal Trade Commission Police Departments - Local & State
Customs & Immigration Immigration & Naturalization Service Probation Departments
Department of Agriculture Justice Departments Public Defenders Office
Department of Insurance Juvenile Courts Security Organizations
Drug Enforcement Administration Military Police U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC Law Clerk/ Public Defender

Canton Police Department Intern

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center College Intern

IQ Research LLC Pre-Law Internship

Leadership Matters for America Inc. Intern

Massena Law P.C. Legal Assistant

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Vertical Teams Intern

Monmouth County Prosecutors Office Intern

New Jersey State Police Administration Section

New Providence Financial Human Resources

South Brunswick Police Department Property and Evidence intern

State New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Somerset Region Student Intern for Investigations

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Criminal Justice
Organization Job Title
Bonnie Brae School for Boys Child Carer Counselor

Camden County Probation Department Probation Officer

Hudson County Probation Department Probation Officer

Cintas Corp. Sales Associate

Cummings & Lockwood Library Associate

Dreyfus Consumer Bank Assistant Mortgage Closer

Essex County Division of Welfare Family Service Worker

Freehold Police Department Police Officer

New Brunswick Police Department Police Officer

Hewitt Associates Project Manager

Johnson & Johnson Quality Inspector

Katherine Gibbs School Placement Assistant

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Criminal Justice
Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Claims Specialist

Berel & Mullen Attorneys (JD) Associate

Conrail Police Department VP

Franchise Operations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Director

Liberty Mutual Insurance (JD) Attorney

Liberty Mutual Insurance (JD) Attorney

Middlesex County Probation Department Probation Officer

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Agent

NY Life Insurance Co. Corp. VP/Director of Security

NYC Police Department Police Officer

Perth Amboy High School Teacher

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
John Jay College of Criminal Justice MA Criminal Justice

Rutgers University PhD Criminal Justice

Rutgers University MA Public Administration

Rutgers University MBA

Seton Hall University JD Family Law

William Patterson University

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