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What Can I Do With A Criminal Justice Degree?


Protective Services1

A criminal justice degree from University of the Cumberlands can prepare you for a number of jobs in the protective services industry, including law enforcement. Employment of police officers and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent over the next several years with an average salary of $65,170 per year.

Postsecondary Instructor2

Perhaps instead of actively fighting crime, you’re more interested in passing along what you’ve learned. With a median annual salary of $79,540, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 11 percent over the next decade.

Or you could pursue a career in other fields altogether. With the solid foundation of critical thinking and people skills a degree in criminal justice provides, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a variety of professional positions.


  • Police Officer
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Chief of Police
  • Criminal Justice Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

"11 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Postsecondary Teachers by 20282

1Police and Detectives
2Postsecondary Teachers