Play a critical role in shaping how society understands and interprets crime, and use your skills to improve our world. It starts by studying a criminal justice course.
What do criminal justice graduates do?
Graduates of criminal justice courses can seek employment in a range of positions across the risk, security, intelligence, and justice and counter-terrorism sectors, and may also work in academic research, or for a body like the Law Reform Commission.
You may choose to work as an analyst or researcher, and may perform tasks like conducting research, interpreting data, cataloguing and analysing surveillance information, and contributing to publications and policy documents. You may also work as a case manager, where you’ll work closely with vulnerable clients to design and monitor specific interventions for managing that person’s behaviour and circumstances. Or, you might work in an educative role, providing training and facilitation to law enforcement officials on topics like human behaviour, psychology, drug and alcohol problems and community attitudes to crime.
You may also choose to work in policy development or analysis, the education sector, or in a training role with law enforcement officials, working closely with key stakeholders to share your knowledge of criminal justice and human behaviour in order to influence decision-making.
After completing a criminal justice course, you may choose to seek employment as a:
- Parole Officer
- Security Officer
- Customs Officer
- Research/Policy Officer
- Police Officer
- Community Corrections Officer
- Youth Justice Officer
- Prison Officer
- Family/Juvenile Counsellor
- Family Law Case Worker
- Psychology Researcher
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Administrator
- Crime Prevention Officer
- Criminal Justice Specialist
- Defence Intelligence Officer
- Intelligence Professional
- Correctional Officer
- Juvenile Justice Officer
- Correctional Services Officer
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You’ll find a career in criminal justice rewarding and enjoyable if you:
- Are curious and open-minded
- Can think critically and analytically
- Can make sound decisions and exercise judgment
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Have good communication and interpersonal skills
- Are highly motivated
- Are proactive and disciplined
- Love solving problems
- Can work well independently and in a team
- Can work well under pressure
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook offers job prospects for intelligence and policy analysts, describing the industry as a small sector, with moderate potential to grow. Job Outlook states that fewer than 10,000 people are employed in these roles, and that the industry is likely to grow modestly or remain the same size to 2020.
Job Outlook notes that the policing industry in Australia is likely to grow strongly, predicting that 8,000 new opportunities will open in the sector by 2020.
A criminal justice qualification may also enable you to seek employment opportunities overseas.
According to PayScale, an intelligence analyst can expect to earn on average between $54,000 and $99,000 per year, with an average salary of $75,000. While a moderately positive relationship between earning capacity and experience exists, PayScale notes that the majority of analysts have fewer than 10 years of work experience, indicating that people progress into more senior supervisory roles as their careers advance.
PayScale indicates that graduates of criminal justice courses can expect to earn on average $73,000 per year, surveying professionals across a range of industries.
- Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Australian Institute of Criminology
- Australian Criminal Justice Society