Research indicates that the return on investment (ROI) for those who have earned their criminal justice degree could far exceed those who have earned other types of degrees.
More specifically, those holding a criminal justice degree could potentially earn a higher salary and experience a lower unemployment rate in comparison to those who are employed in social sciences, education, agriculture, and some business careers.
The question is, though, what graduates can do with their degree in criminal justice once they embark upon the job market?
- Business Intelligence Analyst: these professionals produce market and financial intelligence reports by sending queries to data repositories and generating reports on a periodic basis. They must identify patterns in data from their available sources of information. The real time salary for this potion is $77,110 annually.
- Retail Loss Prevention Specialty Officer: this officer is responsible for ensuring the implementation of systems and procedures are met in order to prevent loss of merchandise. They will conduct investigations of employee activities and audits of companies. Many officers offer assistance in the development of procedures, policies, and systems through which assets are safeguarded. This type of position introduces students to investigation and surveillance that is associated to criminal justice. The real time salary for this position is $38,520 annually.
- Mental Health Therapist: this therapist offers counseling that places emphasis on preventative measures. They will work with groups and individuals placing focus on issues regarding addiction, stress management, substance abuse, and self-esteem. The real time salary for this position is $46,121 annually.
- Social Work: there are two primary types of social work within this field and they include working directly with individuals and those who work in clinics. Direct social workers work to help people solve or cope with their problems that occur within their everyday lives. Clinical social workers treat and diagnose mental, emotional, and behavioral issues. The real time salary for this position is $60,246 annually.
- Chemist: the duties of a chemist include conducting quantitative and qualitative experiments or analysis in laboratories to make sure process or quality control, or to develop new knowledge or products. Criminal justice students are becoming more interested in forensics, making chemistry a popular choice. The real time salary for this position is $66,551 annually.
Note about Salaries
Those who are making career choices with salaries being a motivating factor should take into consideration the fact that, while some may be high in comparison to others, this does not mean they will remain that way.
When weighing out the pros and cons of careers in the criminal justice field, bear in mind that the salaries will constantly change and fluctuate.
These changes are dependent upon geographic location, therefore it is up to the law enforcement agency to make the determination as to what an appropriate amount should be paid to their employees will be.
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on small business topics and for Radio Controlled Vehicles from About.com.
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