Law Enforcement

Careers in Criminal Justice

Average Salary





Bureau of Diplomatic Security


Correctional Officers and Jailors

$35,000- $65,000

Court Reporting


Crime Scene Forensics

Varies Greatly $30,000-$75,000



Department of Homeland Security

Varies Greatly


About $55,000


Varies greatly

FBI agent

Starting Salaries around $50,000

Federal Air Marshall

Starting Salaries around $50,000

Fish and Game Warden

Varies Greatly

Police and Detectives


Private Detectives


Probation Officer


Secret Service

Varies Greatly


Average $92,000

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

From $25,000 to $61,000

Facts at a glance

  • Job opportunities in Criminal Justice are expected to grow as fast or faster than other job sectors.
  • More colleges are offering degrees in Criminal Justice, a degree that can be used to enter law school as well.
  • Higher paying administrative jobs in law enforcement are usually secured by individuals with college degrees or military experience.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

Popular television shows like “CSI”, “The Shield”, and “Law and Order” have helped to romanticize the gritty jobs that fall within the realm of every day Law Enforcement.  Along with entertainment, current events have also helped to spike interest in Law Enforcement.  The tragic events of September 11th 2001 served a two-fold purpose in increasing interest in Law Enforcement: first, the events showed the bravery and value of our police and national security officers; secondly, the events created a need for law enforcement officials.  Since September 11, 2001 there has been an unprecedented increase in the demand for many Law Enforcement careers, from Homeland Security Officials to local police officers.

Recent national and local media events have helped to promote different careers in Law Enforcement as well.  With events like the Beltway Sniper Attacks which took place during 3 weeks of October 2002 on the eastern seaboard of the United States, where 10 people were killed and 3 others critically injured by spree killers in and around Washington, D.C.  The national push to secure our cities, roadways and boarders has also increased the popularity of law enforcement. 

As the Immigration law HR-4437 is continuously revisited, the issue of border security has become a political issue as well as an issue of national security. Regardless of the outcome, an enormous number of job opportunities are expected (around 10,000) in homeland security.

Hot Careers in Criminal Justice and Law

The jobs in criminal justice that are expected to be most in demand are Police and Local Law Enforcement in areas with high crime such as inner cities, and rural areas. Also, a career as an Intellectual Property Lawyers is projected to be among the fastest growing career fields for lawyers.  This is due in part to the increasing complexity of law that is resulting from things like copyright infringement in the music industry.  As technology advances, and more resources become available on the internet, intellectual property lawyers are struggling to create laws that adequately protect and represent all parties involved with intellectual property.