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Criminal/Social Justice Jobs: Career and Salary Outlook

Social Justice CareersThe online Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice (MSCSJ) from Lewis University is designed to meet the workforce demands of a critical part of our nation's economy, creating outstanding career opportunities for graduates with this unique combination of skills. That's why a number of Lewis University MSCSJ graduates are currently serving as police chiefs and federal agents throughout the country.

Today more than ever, law enforcement and public safety agencies demand their leaders and administrators understand not just the latest trends in crime and punishment, but be stewards of social justice and equality as well. Those who can combine ethical sensitivity and social responsibility with leadership skills and management expertise can be rewarded in a growing and recession-resistant sector of the American economy.

These are just a few of the criminal and social justice career options made possible with an MSCSJ degree from Lewis University:

  • Police chief
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Federal agent
  • Prison warden
  • Private security
  • State Attorney investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Parole/probation officer

Even in this tough economic climate, many areas of employment in criminal justice are expected to experience growth.

Projected Criminal/Social Justice Job Growth Between 2008-2018¹

Career Field % Growth
Private Investigation/Security 22%
Criminologists 21%
Federal Law Enforcement 11%
Police and Detectives 10%
Corrections 9%

A master's degree can be a key credential when you are competing for leadership positions, which also can offer generous compensation.

Average Annual Salary of Select Criminal/Social Justice Careers¹

Job Title Average Salary
Police Chief $102,250
Criminal Investigator (Federal) $93,897
Customs and Border Protection $92,558
Correctional Supervisor/Warden $86,970
Deputy Police Chief $85,521

Don't forget — the two concentrations within the MSCSJ degree give you the opportunity to zero in on a career path that fits your passion and goals. With the help of professors rich with real-world experience in the Criminal/Social Justice field, you can make the career of your dreams a reality with the help of a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University.

Click here to learn more about Criminal/Social Justice career opportunities.

To learn more about career opportunities associated with the MSCSJ, call (866) 967-7046 to speak with an Admissions Advisor or request more information.

¹U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

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