Career Outlook - Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminology Completion Program

Human-Centered, Service-Based Careers

Through a behavioral focused approach, students prepare to enter positions to serve, protect, and better their communities. The online criminology degree will prepare you to apply an empathetic approach to your career.

As a police officer, you would work to better understand the reasons and motivations behind criminal activity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the police officer and detective position on average earns a yearly salary of $65,170 and is expected to expand by 5% until 2028. There are currently 808,700 positions.1

Private Detective and Investigator, $50,510

As a private detective or investigator, you would largely be responsible for making your own schedule. Whether you're working in a small firm or as the owner of your own business, you would be prompted by clients to run surveillance, conduct independent research, and interview people related to the case. Private detective and investigator positions are on track to expand by 8% through 2029.2

Probation Officer, $54,290

As a probation officer, your primary job responsibilities would include helping offenders either on probation or parole re-enter society by giving them the appropriate resources and maintaining communication to ensure their rehabilitation back into the community.3

Additional roles graduates of the BA in Criminology qualify for include:

  • Federal, state, local law enforcement officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Criminologist
  • Victim advocate
  • Sociologist

Learn more about the career outlook of the University of Saint Mary online BA in Criminology program: request more information or call us at 877-307-4915 to speak to an admissions advisor.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm (visited July 29, 2020).

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet at
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm (visited October 16, 2020).

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm (visited July 29, 2020).