About Criminal Justice Major Guide

Criminal Justice Major Guide presents students with materials, reports and advice designed to help them choose the best possible criminal justice programs available. It provides students with details on criminal justice degrees, courses and colleges from around the United States, along with information on career options and prospective salaries.

Criminal Justice Major Guide features rankings highlighting the best online and brick and mortar criminal justice degree programs, rated according to their accreditation, convenience, tuition costs, time and credits needed for completion. The site also includes information about the special features of each program, including credit for on-the-job experience, customized concentrations, high levels of staff and student interaction and age diversity.

The guide also provides students with articles detailing scholarships available to criminal justice majors, possible careers these majors may pursue and information on criminal justice programs in specific geographical areas.

Also available are several convenient resources for students who are interested in criminal justice, including links to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and the Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center. Students may benefit by consulting other featured links such as the Center for Court Innovation, the International Association for Identification, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and the American Society of Criminology as well.

Interesting Facts about Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Students who major in criminal justice may pursue careers in the following fields: private investigation, criminology, border enforcement, diplomacy, forensics and intelligence.
  • The median salary for private investigators as of 2012 was $45,740 a year or $21.99 an hour. Job outlook between 2012 and 2022 was 11 percent – about the same as the national average. Entry-level educational requirements for such positions often include a high school diploma and on-the-job training, but those who hold degrees in criminal justice have an edge over the competition.
  • The median salary for sociologists – including criminologists – was $74,960 a year as of 2012. Job outlook for this profession was higher than the national average at 15%. In order to qualify for an entry-level position as a sociologist, applicants generally need to possess at least a master’s degree.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Private Detectives and Investigators