Online Criminal Investigation Degrees

If you are seeking a career in criminal investigations, you'll find that most jobs fall under the broader category of criminal justice. A majority of jobs in the field of criminal investigations require some sort of formal education, but your degree choices are broad. A criminal investigation degree is one option, but you may also consider a degree in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology as well.

Wherever you work—at the state or federal level, and in any part of the country—a criminal investigation degree may give you the knowledge and skills to carry out the most common types of criminal investigations:

  • Arson
  • Computer crime
  • Crimes against children
  • Drug trafficking
  • Financial crime
  • Government corruption
  • Homeland security
  • Homicide
  • Illegal gaming
  • Sex offenders

With your criminal investigation degree in hand, there are a number of criminal investigation jobs to choose from. Become a crime scene investigator, an FBI Agent, a homicide detective, a police officer, or a criminal investigations officer for the IRS, just to name a few. Crime scene investigator jobs revolve around criminal investigation, while as a police officer you may spend only part of your time actually investigating the crimes committed.

Criminal Investigator Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for private detectives and criminal investigators is $45,740. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Regardless of which career path you choose, there are a variety of criminal investigation schools that offer different programs to fit your individual needs. Explore your criminal investigation degree and criminal justice degree options below. Get started by requesting free information from these schools today.

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.