Sociology and Criminal Justice Career Opportunities
Why Study Sociology?
Sociology studies human societies, the groups that compose them and the interaction that occurs in them. Greater knowledge of the organization and dynamics of social life is central to a deeper understanding of human behavior. To this end, the sociological perspective is critical to the interpretation of key modern issues, including aging, bureaucracy, crime, discrimination, family, poverty and urban change.
Job Skills Developed in Sociology Majors
As a sociology major, you will be developing occupational skills in this program that include analytical, communication, conducting interviews, research, critical thinking, empathy, information gathering, planning, social perception, writing, conflict resolution/mediation and cross-cultural awareness.
Possible Career Options
Recent graduates of the Saint Xavier sociology program have taken positions in such areas as: banking, administration, health care, management, marketing research, policing, public relations, probation, social work, research and human services. Other areas which employ people with bachelor's degrees in sociology include law, community planning, social research and government agencies.
Why Study Criminal Justice and Criminology?
Criminal justice is one of the fastest growing career fields and many criminal justice organizations are now requiring new employees to meet educational requirements, including a four-year college degree.
The criminal justice system, which encompasses a wide range of government and community-based service providers, is one of the fastest growing employers. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that criminal justice-related fields will continue to grow over the next decade (between 10 percent to 20 percent depending on the career area). In addition, the Career Services Center offers a list of resources to provide more information about what you can do with a major in criminal justice.
Job Skills Developed in Criminal Justice Majors
Some of the occupational skills developed through criminal justice coursework include analytical, communication, conducting interviews, research, critical thinking, empathy, information gathering, leadership, writing, conflict resolution/mediation and cross-cultural awareness.
Possible Career Options for Entry-Level Positions
Criminal justice offers students a wide variety of career options to chose from. Some of these options include but are not limited to:
- Alcohol/Drug Case Worker
- Animal Cruelty Investigator
- Community Service Manager
- Federal Law Enforcement Officer (ATF, DEA, Marshals)
- Forensics (anthropologist, artists, pathologists, serologists, toxicologist, etc.)
- Homeland Security
- Legal Assistant/Paralegal
- Mental Health Counselor
- Peace Corps
- Parole/Probation/Police Officer
- Probations Officer
- Security Guard
- Social Work