Department of Criminal Justice- College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Criminal Justice is a diverse field so there is a wide array of possible career paths at the local, state, and federal levels or in the private sector. You may be interested in law enforcement, the courts/law or corrections.

Many of our graduates work with children/youth and the juvenile justice system. Participating in the Applied Experience Program is a great way to find out if a particular career is right for you.

The following occupations are just some of the careers associated with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Law Enforcement

  • Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Customs and Border Protection
    • Coast Guard
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Secret Service
    • Transportation Security Administration
  • ATF Agent
  • FBI Agent (or other position)
  • DEA Agent
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Park or Forest Service Ranger (Federal)
  • Game Warden or Park Ranger (State)
  • Inspector (Federal or State agencies)
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service


  • Attorney
  • Bailiff
  • Judge
  • Trial Assistant
  • Court Administrator
  • Investigator


  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer (Adult or Juvenile)
  • Parole Officer (Adult or Juvenile)
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Counselor/Case Manager or other specialist in Prisons

Additional Career Opportunities

  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Justice Planner
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Security
  • Victim Advocate/Counselor
  • Adult or Child Protective Service
  • Insurance claims or Fraud Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst