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When seeking employment or promotion, a master’s degree gives you a competitive advantage over those with associates and bachelor’s degrees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , “occupations that typically require a master’s degree for entry are projected to grow the fastest, 18.4 percent, from 2012 to 2022.”
A great variety of advanced-level criminal justice career opportunities exist at the local, county, state and federal levels, as well as in the private sector. The federal government especially values candidates with advanced degrees, and a master’s degree is typically required to teach at the post-secondary and college level.
For those with an MJ in Criminal Law, potential career opportunities (some of which may be dependent on undergraduate major and professional work experience), might include, among others:
Salaries for criminal law positions requiring a master’s degree can range from the low $40,000s to over $100,000. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, PayScale, and the Criminal Justice Degree Schools websites are additional sources of career and salary information.