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Being An Officer Not Your Goal? Here Are Other Criminal Justice Careers

04.05.2023 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

Studying criminal justice can put you on the fast track to serving your community as a police officer or other law enforcement professional — but it isn't the only track that you can take. There are plenty of other careers that you can pursue with your bachelor's in criminal justice from Texas Wesleyan.

Homicide detective

Homicide detectives put the pieces together to solve murder cases. How did it happen? Why? Who did it? Homicide detectives collect evidence, speak with witnesses and oversee crime scene investigators to answer those questions and more.

Crime scene investigator

Speaking of crime scene investigators, ever find yourself bingeing a marathon of “CSI” and thought, “hey, that would be really cool to do every day?” Crime scene investigators gather possible clues and evidence, so they can get a closer look in the lab. They could even be used as eyewitnesses in a particular case if necessary.

Computer forensics specialist

It’s not hard to see that technology is more and more immersed in our lives every day (you are reading this on a screen, after all) and criminal acts are no exception. Therefore, the demand for computer forensics investigators is going way up. Their main job is to recover electronic information that a criminal may have tried to get rid of by deleting, hiding or damaging it.

Fish and game warden

Rather fight crime while taking in the great outdoors? Being a fish and game warden might be your thing. You’ll overlook national parks, waterways and other conservation and recreational areas. You’ll also look out for the safety of visitors and wildlife, making sure hunters and fishers are enjoying the environment without breaking the law. On top of that, studying in Texas is perfect. Game wardens are especially in demand in states like Texas and California.


Turn the critical thinking skills you developed from your criminal justice degree into a career of defending clients as a lawyer. In a trial situation, you’ll question potential jurors and witnesses while representing either the defense or the prosecution. You could even open your own practice and advise potential clients on their legal concerns. Keep in mind that you will also need a law degree to pursue a career as a lawyer.

Want to learn more? Check out a degree plan or learn more about studying criminal justice at Texas Wesleyan.

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