According to U.S. News & World Report, the expansion of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11 has increased the need for all levels of law enforcement and criminal justice.

“Criminal justice continues to be a solid area for employment even during slow economic times,” notes the news magazine, which provides authoritative sources of college and university rankings. “Some of the jobs that command large salaries require a bachelor’s degree while others need a master’s degree or higher.”

A bachelor’s degree is required for most state and federal positions and is becoming increasingly important for municipal and county positions. Personnel with less than four years of college may still be hired in some municipal and county agencies, but career advancement is often limited.

Learn about other career options made possible with Ball State’s online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology.