Oregon law enforcement agencies are facing a growing need to replace large numbers of retiring officers. In addition, the prison industry and areas of law enforcement, such as crime analysis, are predicted to expand in the 21st century. Law enforcement agencies commonly seek candidates who have a minimum of a two-year degree, and many give preference to candidates with four-year degrees.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program can expect to find jobs as probation, law enforcement, and corrections officers. Most law enforcement jobs are in patrol, traffic, and investigation, while probation officers help offenders readjust to life in the community. Other career opportunities include:


  • County Sheriff/Deputy Sheriff
  • State Trooper/Highway Patrol
  • Detective
  • Canine Officer


  • Correctional Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Victim Witness Assistant


  • Judge
  • Attorney
  • Bailiff
  • Private Investigator

Federal Law Enforcement:

  • FBI Special Agent
  • Federal Air Marshall
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Click here for a list of federal law enforcement careers and website links.

Forensic Science:

  • Forensic Examiner (CSI)
  • Forensic Artist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Forensic Accountant


  • Operator/Dispatcher
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Constable

Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for Juvenile Corrections can be found under Gainful Employment.

For more information about these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.