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The following agencies employ or have employed Criminal Justice alumni:

Federal Law Enforcement

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Postal Inspections Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Corrections and Related Services

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Probation
  • State Department of Corrections
  • State Probation & Parole
  • State Treatment Centers
  • Juvenile Officers
  • Abuse & Neglect Investigators
  • Juvenile Treatment Counselors
  • Youth Services
  • Family Services
  • Juvenile Detention Centers
  • Private Correctional Agencies

State Law Enforcement

  • Highway Patrol
  • State Investigation Bureaus
  • State Liquor Control
  • State Drug Enforcement
  • State Department of Revenue
  • Department of Conservation
  • Secretary of State’s Police
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • State Fire Marshall


  • Industrial Security
  • Retail Security
  • Corporate Security
  • Bank Security
  • Hospital Security
  • Military Security
  • Private Detective Agencies
  • Private Protection Services
  • Computer Security
  • Celebrity Security

Local Police

  • City Police
  • County Sheriff
  • Park Police
  • Airport Police
  • Harbor Patrol
  • County Police
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 30% by 2010; currently, nearly 600,000 people hold social work degrees.
  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), professional social workers are the nation's largest group of mental health services providers.
  • There are more clinically trained social workers - over 190,000 in 1998 - than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined.
  • Federal law and the National Institutes of Health recognize social work as one of five core mental health professions.
  • The BSW is widely recognized as the entry-level professional degree for practice in public and private social agencies, in hospitals and other supervised health care settings, as in a wide variety of other agency settings. There are over 300 CSWE-accredited BSW programs across the country.
  • The MSW is the graduate level degree for professional social work practice, and is often pursued after some work experience. Social work has increasingly become a second career for many. Many BSW graduates soon enter MSW programs in order to further develop additional skills and practice knowledge. There are about 90 schools of social work offering accredited MSW programs.

What Can I Do with This Degree?

  • Administration
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Organization
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Gerontology
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health/Clinical
  • Occupational
  • Public Welfare
  • Research and Education
  • School Social Work

Recent graduates of our sociology program are employed by:

  • Omni Hotels International in management and personnel
  • Southwestern Bell in telemarketing
  • The State of Missouri - Division of Family Services as caseworkers
  • Mercantile Bank as supervisors
  • Cottonwood Treatment Center as directors of special projects


Brandt 329
Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701