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Top 40 Criminal Justice Careers

If you want to work in criminal justice, there are a number of careers for you to choose from. Whether you want to be hands-on in your community or tucked away in a lab, you can find some sort of work in this industry. Listed below are the top 40 criminal justice careers in America, ranked based on employment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: The BLS links at the end of each job description may contain data from 2012, but the statistics in the bullet lists are from May, 2013.

1 – Security Guard

Security guards are in charge of maintaining the safety levels in offices, community centers, schools, hospitals, concert halls, and any other places with people in them. They are typically strong, fit, or intimidating individuals who are equipped to handle unruly people in the establishment. Security guards do not have to go through extensive training to start their jobs, but they do need to know how to deal with threatening situations without getting themselves or others hurt. Some of these individuals are licensed police officers, but others are trained by their workplaces to handle scenarios specific to that building. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $27,550
  • Hourly Rate: $13.24
  • Employment Rate: 1,066,730
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 12%

2 – Police Officer

Police officers maintain peace and safety in the community. They handle a wide variety of job responsibilities from day to day, from simple traffic stops to domestic disturbance calls. Some police officers patrol their towns looking for crime or people in need of help. Others respond to emergency calls sent out through police despatchers. To become a police officer, you must complete training through a police academy. Some academies will require you to have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree to learn through them, but others will let you in with a high school diploma. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $58,720
  • Hourly Rate: $28.23
  • Employment Rate: 639,440
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

3 – Sheriff’s Patrol Officer

Sheriff patrol officers have many of the same duties as police officers. The biggest difference in their work is that sheriffs are in charge of the whole county, while police officers are in charge of cities. Sheriffs are in charge of the jails and courthouses in a community, but many of them spend time patrolling highways and responding to emergencies outside of the city. Sheriffs must complete training in the police academy, and many of them go through additional training to work in a government building. The pay rates and employment demand for this career is pretty much identical to that of a police officer. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $58,720
  • Hourly Rate: $28.23
  • Employment Rate: 635,380
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

4 – Lawyer

Lawyers and attorneys represent people and businesses in court. They work on either the accusing side of a case or the defending side to help their clients come out victorious. Lawyers get paid well for their work, but they must spend 10+ years in school before they can start taking on clients. This allows them time to complete their Juris Doctor and pass the bar exam for their area. Most attorneys work in their own firms, but some will work for the state as appointed lawyers for people without representation. Most lawyers choose to work on specific types of cases, like divorces, probates, criminal accusations, and more. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $131,990
  • Hourly Rate: $63.46
  • Employment Rate: 592,670
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 10%

5 – Social Worker

Social workers help people deal with challenges in their day to day lives. Many of them work as counselors in health clinics or schools, assessing and treating mental and behavioral disorders in their patients. Social workers in the criminal justice field may work with people in prison to help them get past their need for criminal activity. They may also work in child welfare and other human services agencies to ensure that children and older adults are properly cared for. Most social workers have a bachelor of science in social work, but there are some who go on to earn their master of social work as well. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $48,370
  • Hourly Rate: $23.25
  • Employment Rate: 591,240
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 19%

6 – Correctional Officer and Jailer

Correctional officers are in charge of keeping the peace in a prison or jail. They must protect the staff members from threatening inmates and also protect the inmates from one another. Most correctional officers start off as police officers or security guards before moving into this dangerous environment. There is a lot of risk involved with working as a jailer, especially if you work in a maximum security prison. Correctional officers are not required to have a degree to go to work, but they must complete an extensive training program through their workplace before getting hired. This will include a fitness test and background check. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $44,350
  • Hourly Rate: $21.32
  • Employment Rate: 432,680
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

7 – Legal Support Worker

Legal support workers encompass many of the positions listed lower on this list. They are the secretaries, clerks, and assistants who help the criminal justice system run as smoothly as possible. Legal support workers work alongside others in the field, like lawyers, judges, police officers, and more. Most of them have an associate’s degree in criminal justice, paralegal studies, legal assistance, or something along those lines. Legal support workers are in relatively high demand at the moment, and they don’t have to go through much training to begin their careers. If you want to work in criminal justice right away, this is a great job to keep in mind. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $52,040
  • Hourly Rate: $25.02
  • Employment Rate: 389,860
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 17%

8 – Fire Prevention Worker

Fire prevention workers help businesses and families prepare for fires before they ever happen. While many of them will also work as firefighters, some take on a more passive role as a consultant for fire safety. For example, a fire prevention worker may work with an architect designing a building to make sure he has allotted for a sufficient number of escape routes in a building in the case of a fire. Fire prevention workers don’t necessarily need a college education, but they must go through the same training firefighters go through for work. Here, they learn the current rules and regulations regarding fire safety in their area so they can enforce and improve them in the future. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $48,580
  • Hourly Rate: $23.36
  • Employment Rate: 316,120
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 7%

9 – Firefighter

Firefighters help control fires. They are in charge of rescuing people and animals who are caught in a fire all while safely containing and eliminating the flames. They must go through a special, multi-week training program to learn about fire safety protocol and fire prevention. They must understand how fires are started and what equipment they need to use to effectively put them out. Almost all firefighters work at local fire stations, but they do not always work traditional hours. Firefighters are needed on staff 24 hours a day, so some firefighters must work overnight to cover their shifts. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $48,270
  • Hourly Rate: $23.21
  • Employment Rate: 302,870
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 7%

10 – Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Paralegals and legal assistants are the secretaries of the legal world. They are in charge of most of the clerical duties in a law firm or courthouse, including filing paperwork, doing mild research for a case, running background checks, scheduling appointments, and more. Most paralegals will travel with the attorneys they work for to manage their files for a case. They may also be in charge of the billing for an attorney’s office, which will require basic accounting skills. Some paralegals are able to find work without any formal training, but most will have an associate’s degree in criminal justice or an associate of paralegal studies. Some aspiring lawyers will work as paralegals for internships while they are going through college. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $51,170
  • Hourly Rate: $24.60
  • Employment Rate: 271,320
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 17%

11 – Protective Service Supervisor

Protective service supervisors are in charge of businesses and organizations that employ protective service workers. These include police officers, correctional officers, security guards, and firefighters. Most people in this position already have experience in the workplace they are supervising. For instance, a man who has spent 10 years on the police force may be asked to become a supervisor for new recruits. While it is not a requirement, having a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is certainly an advantage in this career. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $68,700
  • Hourly Rate: $33.03
  • Employment Rate: 270,500
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

12 – Legal Secretary

A legal secretary does a lot of the same work that a paralegal does, but they do not always travel with their employers like paralegals do. These men and women spend most of their time working in the office, answering phone calls, sending out emails, completing paperwork, and more. Some legal secretaries start out as secretaries or clerks for other businesses and then make their way into the legal industry. Others earn a degree or diploma in criminal justice, business administration, or a little bit of both before entering this profession. Legal secretaries have a great pay rate for the limited amount of training they are required to go through. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $45,030
  • Hourly Rate: $21.65
  • Employment Rate: 220,680
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 17%

13 – Law Enforcement Supervisor

A law enforcement supervisor is in charge of other law enforcement workers, like police officers and sheriff patrol officers. Most of them have served a number of years on the force before earning this esteemed position. In some states, you must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in order to be a law enforcement supervisor. In other states, you have to have a minimum amount of experience in the field. Law enforcement supervisors are needed to work 24 hours a day to be in charge of officers that are out on patrol, so this job may require some odd work hours. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $76,200
  • Hourly Rate: $36.64
  • Employment Rate: 146,300
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

14 – Recreational Protective Service Worker

Recreational protective service workers are people like lifeguards and ski patrol officers. They are the men and women who keep athletes and participants safe when they are involved in recreational activities. Most recreational protective service workers find employment at a sports facility, like a basketball court or a public pool. However, there are some workers who go through special training so they can work in prisons where inmates get to play sports and stay active. Each type of sport requires a different set of skills and training, and most workers already have some prior experience with the sport before starting this career. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $20,890
  • Hourly Rate: $10.05
  • Employment Rate: 130,700
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

15 – Criminal Investigator

Criminal investigators are in charge of investigating crimes, just like their title implies. These workers inspect crime scenes and assess case files to be able to determine what happened in a crime. Some criminal investigators work on their own as private investigators, and others are hired by the police force or sheriff’s department to conduct an investigation. Criminal investigators must go through hands-on training to learn tactics used in the field, but most of them have at least a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Criminal investigators must be on call at a moment’s notice to assess a crime scene as soon as it is discovered. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $79,030
  • Hourly Rate: $38.00
  • Employment Rate: 109,960
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 11%

16 – Police Supervisor

Police supervisors are leaders in the field of law enforcement. They are responsible for ensuring that police officers are able to do their jobs safely and effectively. Police supervisors must also run education programs that keep their employees up to date with current laws and regulations. Most police supervisors first work as police officers for a number of years before applying for this role. While there is no requirement for college education to be a police officer, having a bachelor of science in criminal justice could certainly increase your chances of being chosen for this line of work. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $82,710
  • Hourly Rate: $39.76
  • Employment Rate: 101,320
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

17 – Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Dispatchers are people who distribute calls and orders to working police officers, firefighters, and ambulance drivers. These calls may come in from emergency or non-emergency lines. Some of them work as 9-1-1 operators as well, but most will get reports from those operators while handling non-emergency phone calls for their department. Depending on the size of the town a dispatcher works in, he may have to handle the calls for multiple departments throughout the day or night. These workers are needed 24 hours a day, but they do not have to go through much training before starting their jobs. Most dispatchers begin their careers with nothing more than a high school diploma. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $38,960
  • Hourly Rate: $18.73
  • Employment Rate: 96,860
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 8%

18 – Crossing Guard

Crossing guards help control foot traffic and vehicle traffic on the road. They can find work in a variety of settings, including schools, police forces, construction locations, and more. Crossing guards are needed to make sure that pedestrians can get across the road safely, or to ensure that cars in a congested intersection pass through efficiently. This may happen when a school lets out, when a traffic light stops working, when there is a car accident on the road, or when there is some sort of road construction. Most crossing guards hold other criminal justice careers beyond this because the demand for crossing guard work is very low and unstable. Their education levels vary based on those other careers. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $26,530
  • Hourly Rate: $12.75
  • Employment Rate: 68,050
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

19 – Fighting Supervisor

Firefighting supervisors make sure that firefighters are working in an effective manner. Some of them stay at the station and remain in charge of dispatch, while others will go out to the fires to monitor their employees. Most firefighting supervisors have worked as a firefighter in the past, and many of them also have a bachelor’s degree or higher in criminal justice, business management, or similar. This position may not be in terribly high demand, but there is a consistent need for supervisors in all fire departments throughout the country. Work hard enough as a firefighter, and this could be the perfect opportunity for you. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $72,670
  • Hourly Rate: $34.94
  • Employment Rate: 59,700
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 7%

20 – Title Examiner

Title examiners hold a variety of job responsibilities in relationship to property and automotive titles. They examine titles, search real estate records, and summarize legal and insurance documents for a number of different businesses. Most title examiners have in-house or trade school training for their jobs, though there are some that will go to school for business administration to learn about filing paperwork. Title examiners often work for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies. They must search through public and private records to find or complete the documents that their employers need. This is a standard 9-5 job that pays well considering the amount of training involved with it. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $47,340
  • Hourly Rate: $22.76
  • Employment Rate: 53,640
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): Unknown

21 – Judge

Judges proceed over court rooms and criminal hearings. They are either in charge of keeping conduct in the court room or passing a judgment about a case. The level of decision power that a judge has in a case will depend on how large the case actually is. For instance, a judge will pass a decision about a traffic violation but may not have a final say in a murder case. This would be dealt with by a jury. Judges can work at the local, state, and national level, and their pay rates typically improve as they gain power over a larger jurisdiction. Judges must go through multiple years of schooling to earn a doctoral degree in law, and many of them work as attorneys before becoming judges. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $96,690
  • Hourly Rate: $46.48
  • Employment Rate: 48,280
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 1%

22 – Transportation Security Screener

Transportation security screeners work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These men and women are in charge of screening passengers, luggage, and cargo before it makes it onto a bus, plane, or train. TSA workers must know how to operate the metal detectors and hand wands that they use to screen people and their belongings. They must be up to date on laws regarding what people can and cannot travel with. Most transportation security screeners work in airports, and they receive their training either in-house or through a trade school. Many of them also work as security guards or police officers before becoming screeners full time. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $37,400
  • Hourly Rate: $17.98
  • Employment Rate: $17.98
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): Unknown

23 – Correctional Officer Supervisor

Correctional officer supervisors are in charge of correctional officers in jails and prisons. They make sure that these individuals are keeping their facilities safe and secure. Supervisors in this position do not have much eye-to-eye interaction with the inmates because they only get involved when confrontations get out of line. They are usually in charge of training new correctional officers in how to behave and act around inmates and other staff members. Most correctional officer supervisors work as officers prior to earning this position, though some have degrees in criminal justice or management. This is a high-risk job that demands untraditional work hours, but it is one that every prison and jail needs throughout the country. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $61,540
  • Hourly Rate: $29.59
  • Employment Rate: 44,980
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

24 – Magistrate Judge

Magistrate judges are high-level judges who preside over district courts. They are appointed by district judges to serve this position for renewable eight year terms. Magistrates must be members of the bar of the highest level of court in the district they are to preside over. Magistrate judges must go through the same schooling as other judges, which means they must hold a Juris Doctor. Most magistrates are older individuals who have served as both attorneys and judges in the past. Due to the limited number of magistrate judge positions in this country, this job rarely has a high demand backing it. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $105,380
  • Hourly Rate: $50.66
  • Employment Rate: 27,190
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 1%

25 – Private Detective

Private detectives look for clues and evidence to support criminal cases and private background checks. Some are able to find work through the police department or crime scene investigation unit in their area, while others run their own private investigation firm. While it is possible to become a private detective with no training at all, most people will go through an undergraduate degree in criminal justice before starting this profession. Private detectives must be aware of current laws regarding personal privacy and confidentiality. It is their job to find the answers other people are looking for without breaking the law along the way. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $53,890
  • Hourly Rate: $25.91
  • Employment Rate: 25,820
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 11%

26 – Court Reporter

Court reporters transcribe information from court hearings. They will either type notes live during a trial or create a video transcript later on. Court reporters get paid well considering that they do not have much training at all prior to working. Any person with good listening and typing skills can work in this position. With that in mind, most court reporters go through a trade school of some sort to learn shorthand and other tools to make their jobs easier. These men and women work standard business hours, and most of them work directly for the court house. Their work is filed away in the courthouse for later review if needed. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $54,760
  • Hourly Rate: $26.33
  • Employment Rate: 19,200
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 10%

27 – Bailiff

Bailiffs are security workers who maintain order in a court of law. These men and women act as guards for judges and jurors, and they also detain unruly people in the court. Bailiffs are trained through the courthouse, though most of them have other training from a police academy or trade school. They must know how to respond quickly in an emergency situation, and they must be able to quickly control a chaotic situation. Bailiffs are needed during all of the hours that a courthouse is open, and many of them work in security throughout the courthouse until a trial comes up. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $40,620
  • Hourly Rate: $19.53
  • Employment Rate: 16,360
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

28 – Law Teacher

Law teachers do exactly what you’d think they’d do – teach law. They are responsible for making sure that up and coming law students are properly trained to work in the legal system. Law teachers must have a doctoral degree or higher to work at the college level, but some are able to find work at trade schools with just a master’s degree. Many law teachers start off as lawyers who then want to switch to a more standard working schedule. Law teachers can work at colleges, universities, trade schools, and even specialty high schools, depending on the demand for training in their area. This job is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other positions on this list over the next 10 years. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $122,280
  • Hourly Rate: Not applicable for this pay structure
  • Employment Rate: 15,600
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 19%

29 – Criminal Justice Teacher

Criminal justice teachers are in charge of training students with a future career in criminal justice. These men and women typically have a doctorate in criminal justice or law, even though some can find work with just a master’s degree. Criminal justice teachers may teach a number of classes related to this industry, like forensic science, crime scene investigation, evidence tracking, observation, and more. Some criminal justice teachers choose to do this job full time, and others work in other careers on this list for part of the time. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $61,850
  • Hourly Rate: Not applicable for this pay structure
  • Employment Rate: 14,870
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 19%

30 – Administrative Law Judge

Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers conduct hearings that relate to governmental matters. They will recommend or make decisions for claims that concern government programs. Administrative law judges may also determine liability in a case suggest sanctions, or come up with penalties for claims related to government programs. These workers must hold a Juris Doctor to preside over these cases, and many of them have worked for the government prior to holding this position. Hearing officers are not needed on a consistent basis, so many of them preside as judges in other courts when they are not working in administrative law. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $89,630
  • Hourly Rate: $43.09
  • Employment Rate: 14,270
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 1%

31 – Animal Control Worker

Animal control workers bring in stray and hurt animals for animal human societies. These workers handle a variety of tasks associated with animal control and the prevention of animal cruelty. Common tasks include catching stray animals, rescuing animals in difficult situations, assessing and removing animals who show evidence or abuse or neglect, providing basic care for animals until they reach shelters, and more. Animal control workers must have basic veterinary skills, but they are mostly in charge of making sure that the animals and people handling are safe while on the job. A large portion of these individuals work for the ASPCA. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $33,870
  • Hourly Rate: $16.29
  • Employment Rate: 13,590
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 15%

32 – Forensic Science Technician

Forensic science technicians help collect and assess evidence in a crime. Some of them work in the lab and some of them go out into the field. It is their job to determine what a piece of evidence is made of, who may have used it, how it may have been used, and much more. They work with special lab equipment to gather fingerprints, DNA samples, and other clues from the evidence for a crime. To become a forensic science technician, you need to have a bachelor’ degree in forensic science, criminal justice, or equivalent. Many technicians choose to specialize in one form of testing, like blood analysis or fiber identification. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $57,340
  • Hourly Rate: $27.57
  • Employment Rate: 13,430
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 6%

33 – Fire Inspector

Fire inspectors serve two different purposes in the world of fire prevention and control. Before fires happen, they go in to assess buildings for potential fire hazards. They make sure that these buildings are up to code so there is little risk of fire in the future. After a fire happens, a fire inspector will go into the scene to determine how the fire was started and how the flames acted after that. This usually happens through the insurance company for the property so they have a report of the damages for a claim. Some fire inspectors serve as firefighters before entering this career, but that is not a requirement. This job requires minimal training in the codes and behavior patterns of fires. This can be completed on the job or through a local trade school. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $55,820
  • Hourly Rate: $26.84
  • Employment Rate: 13,250
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 6%

34 – Judicial Law Clerk

A judicial law clerk is essentially a legal assistant who works specifically for a judge. This person may take on many of the same roles a paralegal has, like conducting research, preparing paperwork, answering phone calls, and more. Judicial law clerks usually work in a courthouse during normal business hours, and they are often present during the time of a trial. They may also stay in the office during a hearing to answer phone calls and provide other assistance while the judge is out of the office. Judicial law clerks need minimal training to go to work, with opportunities available through on-the-job training, trade schools, and associate degree programs. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $53,890
  • Hourly Rate: $25.91
  • Employment Rate: 10,890
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 19%

35 – Gaming Surveillance Officer

Gaming surveillance officers maintain the security and safety in casinos, casino hotels, and other gaming establishments. They monitor day to day operations to ensure that patrons and staff members alike are not stealing from the establishment. Some gaming officers use one-way mirrors to watch over customers, cashiers, management offices, and more. They may also work with audio and video equipment to keep an eye on the place. The training needed for this line of work will depend on the place of employment, but most places are able to train workers on site. People in this positions are employed directly through the gaming facility. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $31,970
  • Hourly Rate: $15.37
  • Employment Rate: 10,260
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 12%

36 – Parking Enforcement Workers

Parking enforcement workers are in charge of making sure drivers abide by parking rules in their towns. These people will either drive around town looking for parking violations or work in one specific parking lot, like for a mall or big movie theater. Parking enforcement workers are usually trained on the job or through a small trade school. They are given the power to issue tickets or put boots on cars for parking violations, including parking in a fire zone, parking in a handicap zone, parking in a no parking zone, or having an insufficient amount of money in the parking meter. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $37,220
  • Hourly Rate: $17.90
  • Employment Rate: 8,790
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): Unknown

37 – Arbitrator

Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators work with individuals outside of the court system to negotiate legal disputes. For example, a couple choosing to go through a divorce may use a mediator to oversee their divorce negotiations, if they were mostly in agreement with one another. Arbitrators work for state and local governments, with most of them spending their time at the courthouse. Some are called upon before a case goes to trial, and others work with people after the case has appeared before the court. To work in this position, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in law or criminal justice. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $76,840
  • Hourly Rate: $36.94
  • Employment Rate: 6,830
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 10%

38 – Fish and Game Warden

Fish and game wardens patrol parts of a town or county to ensure that people are abiding by fish and game laws. They check hunting and fishing licenses, monitor hunting and fishing practices, and watch for illegal activities. They may also be in charge of investigating crops or peroperty that has been destroyed by wildlife. Fish and game wardens must go through a special training program to learn about the laws and regulations associated with their line of work. Most of them work traditional office hours, but some will also patrol overnight. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $50,470
  • Hourly Rate: $24.27
  • Employment Rate: 6,640
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 10%

39 – Transit and Railroad Police Officer

Transit and railroad police officers handle many of the same jobs as traditional police officers. The only difference here is there work pertains to railroad and public transportation systems. These men and women must make sure that riders, drivers, and other staff members are all acting in accordance with the law. Some work at train and bus stations, while others will ride on a subway, train, or other transit vehicle to keep peace along the way. Transit and railroad officers must go through a police academy just like other police officers, but they may go through a set of specialized training related to this field. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $58,200
  • Hourly Rate: $27.98
  • Employment Rate: 4,060
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): 5%

40 – Forest Fire Inspector

Forest fire inspectors assess the cause and origin of forest fires. They may also be asked to act as consultants during a wildfire outbreak to ensure that the flames are well contained. If a forest fire is the result of illegal burning or a similar act of neglect, a forest fire investigator may issue tickets to the responsible parties. Most of the training for this job is done on site or though a local trade school. While this make not be the highest paying job on our top 40 criminal justice careers list, it is certainly one worth looking into. (BLS)

  • Annual Salary: $40,640
  • Hourly Rate: $19.54
  • Employment Rate: 1,730
  • Job Growth (2012-2022): Unknown