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Criminal Justice Leadership is a new emerging and fast-growing field in the country, especially in Illinois. The city of Chicago is drawing more security firms, start-ups and has a highly respected police force. Employers everywhere are recruiting both entry-level and experienced professionals with a bachelor's degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for professionals with specialty in Criminal Justice is going to have 33,100 new jobs in the next few years.

Job TitleAvg Salary 2017
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents $78,120
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $84,840
Forensic Science Technicians (B) $56,750
Immigration and Customs Inspectors $78,120
Intelligence Analysts (B) $78,120
Loss Prevention Managers (B) $104,970
Police Detectives $78,120
Police Identification and Records Officers $78,120
Security Managers (B) $104,970 
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs (B) $59,680

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017

(B): Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Typical Job Function

  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
Typical Job Function

  • Direct criminal investigations.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
  • Inform others about laws or regulations.
  • Resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Maintain operational records.

Forensic Science Technicians 

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.
Typical Job Function

  • Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.

Immigration and Customs Inspectors

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.
Typical Job Function

  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
  • Detain suspects or witnesses.
  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.

Intelligence Analysts 

Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.
Typical Job Function

  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Use databases to locate investigation details or other information.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.

Loss Prevention Managers

Plan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.
Typical Job Function

  • Manage organizational security activities.
  • Analyze risks to minimize losses or damages.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Conduct financial or regulatory audits.
  • Interview employees, customers, or others to collect information.

Police Detectives

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
Typical Job Function

  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Check physical condition of people or animals.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.

Police Identification and Records Officers

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
Typical Job Function

  • Document legal or regulatory information.
  • Write operational reports.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
  • Analyze crime scene evidence.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.

Security Managers 

Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.
Typical Job Function

  • Develop safety standards, policies, or procedures.
  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Manage organizational security activities.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.

Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.
Typical Job Function

  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Maintain operational records.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017

Criminal Justice Leadership Job Resources in Chicago

Built in Chicago - Local job board for Chicago tech start-ups

Careerbuilder.com - Jobs in Chicago and nationally

Indeed.com - Professional jobs at Chicago companies

LinkedIn – Criminal Justice jobs in Chicago

NPO.net - Non-profit jobs in Chicago and Illinois

Career Resources at Loyola

Career Development Center

Classes and Workshops

Job/Internship Search

Resume/Job Search Guides

Mock Interviews

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Loyola SCPS offers a BA in Applied Criminal Justice that can help you advance your career. For more information, see the request information, or attend an open house.