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Careers With A Criminology & Justice Studies Degree

Criminology and justice studies is an exciting, diverse field with many applications in modern society. What you can do with a criminology degree ranges from security to intelligence, big data to crime policy. Criminology degree jobs are typically fast-paced, and can help make society more equitable by investigating the root causes of crime.

At Drexel, criminology and justice studies majors pair sociological investigations of crime and justice with cutting-edge technology and data analysis. Our majors study topics such as government surveillance, data breeches, policing practices and judicial systems for a range of criminology jobs.


Because crime and justice impact many areas of society, criminology degree jobs exist in many fields. What you can do with a criminal justice degree includes positions in the following sectors:

  • Technology: There is a strong demand for graduates who can pair technical skills with humanistic perspectives. Graduates of our Justice Informatics degree concentration are particularly suited for jobs in the technology sector.
  • Government: Many government agencies employ experts in crime and justice — from criminal intelligence analysts to criminologists and cyber security specialists. Through Drexel co-op, our majors have held positions at organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center.
  • Judiciary and Law: Lawyers, policy makers and other professionals benefit from a firm foundation in our society’s crime and justice landscape. A criminology degree is excellent preparation for a range of legal professions or as a pre-law track.
  • Finance: With many financial transactions now occurring online, there is an increasing demand for professionals who can investigate cybercrimes and prevent abuse. Drexel courses such as “Computer Investigations and the Law” and “Technology and the Justice System” provide a basis for this career path.
  • Nonprofits: Many nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups are closely linked to judicial practices. Our criminology program’s focus on community-based learning prepares students to be advocates for underserved communities and leaders in the nonprofit sector.
  • Think Tanks and Academia: A degree in criminology provides the basis for advanced study and careers in criminological research. Our majors are well prepared to enter graduate programs in criminology, the law, policy and more — to teach, conduct research or complete pre-professional programs.


Have you ever wondered how to become an intelligence analyst, or get a job with federal agencies like the FBI or CIA? A degree in criminology can help prepare you for intelligence analyst jobs and other careers in the public sector. Below are just a few examples of criminology degree jobs:

  • Federal intelligence analysts help law enforcement agencies reduce crime by identifying patterns in criminal activity.
  • Forensic analysts collect and analyze evidence — from digital artifacts and more — in criminal investigations.
  • Fraud investigators gather information about potential fraud cases, such as insurance and credit card fraud.
  • Social science researchers investigate topics like crime, unemployment, health care and more to add to knowledge about our society.
  • Compliance officers investigate businesses to ensure that they are in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • GIS developers create and update web-mapping applications to improve a company’s geo-processing abilities.


Careers with a criminal justice degree span many fields. Recent graduates of program have gone on to careers at the Department of Justice, Comcast, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and OPS Security Group.

If you’re interested in becoming a criminology and justice studies student at Drexel, apply today! Want to experience life at Drexel firsthand? Visit our campus and take a tour to learn more.

Prospective Students

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