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High-Paying Criminology and Legal Jobs in NYC

Academy graduating class of December 2015

Academy graduating class of December 2015

Criminal Justice Jobs

The NYPD News reported on March 30, 2017, that over 640 new police officers graduated from the Police Academy, heading for New York City criminal justice jobs. They filled the Madison Square Garden auditorium with family, friends, and dignitaries. An even larger class of graduates was expected for June 2017. The number of graduating recruits increased in recent years.

Almost 2,000 new City of New York policemen and women begin active duty every year.

What Is the Field of Criminal Justice?

How can new college graduates use a criminology degree in New York City other than by joining the police force? The available jobs come in the field of criminal justice.

Criminal justice is a government system in which crimes and criminals are detected, detained, tried, punished, and rehabilitated.

Criminal Justice Jobs in Highest Demand

  • Crime Lab positions: Experts in ballistics, DNA, fibers, blood spatter, and others
  • Law Enforcement: Police Officers, Sheriffs and Deputies, Military Police, Federal Marshals, and similar
  • Police and Private Investigations, including government clandestine services
  • Case Work: Law Enforcement and Social Work
  • Public Education
  • Public Safety
  • Forensics
The military services in and around NYC also need criminal justice workers.

The military services in and around NYC also need criminal justice workers.

Careers in Criminal Justice

NYPD includes a number of positions for law enforcement within criminal justice. A high-demand job title is "criminalist."

The Criminalist

This job is shown in action in television crime shows like the CSI series.

Crime laboratories employ these professionals, who are important in the solution of crimes, especially since the use of DNA evidence has become increasingly vital. Another example is in ballistics: the long-term analysis of Dealy Plaza itself as well as the John F. Kennedy Assassination and its "magic bullet."

NYC law enforcement as a whole has instituted a long-term internship program that trains college men and women as cadets before they graduate with a four-year degree and enter the police academy.

In addition, the city maintains a variety of other positions related to criminal justice and criminology.

Criminalist Jobs

A criminalist works in a police laboratory with a variety of investigations in chemical analysis, physical analysis, and observations of a number of materials.

These materials and substances include fingerprints, fibers, soils, blood and other bodily secretions, fire accelerants, documents, drugs and other controlled substances, and several other items.

This is a job similar to those made popular in television series, and some related jobs include:

  • Police Communications Technician: This is a radio dispatching position that requires various shift work and a high school diploma.
  • Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators: Visit theb
  • Domain Awareness System Surveillance Technicians: Over 6,000 cameras in Lower Manhattan.
  • School Safety Agent: This position requires a high school diploma to qualify to work in the public school system. This is a patrol and observation post, requiring some equipment training and public interaction.
  1. Attorneys
  2. DNA and Ballistics Experts and Technicians
  3. Officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  4. Criminal Profilers
  5. Telecommunications Specialists
  6. Corrections and Probation Officers
  7. IT Administrators and Data Analysts: Police departments, CIA, FBI, DEA, other agencies.
  8. Forensic Accountants, Anthropologists, Engineers, and Psychologists
  9. School Crossing Guard: A high school diploma is required. The starting pay of $12.88/hour.
  10. Immigration and Customs Inspectors (ICE) and Border Guards
  11. Traffic Enforcement Agents
First prize for longest van in the world.

First prize for longest van in the world.

Careers in Criminology

Three C's of the Criminologist

Criminologists are a subgroup of sociologists who study the anatomy of crime. They look at specific causes, consequences, and costs of crimes, most often major crimes.

Criminologists are profilers, but where forensic psychologists profile individual perpetrators, criminologists develop profiles of the crimes. This is the difference between criminology and forensics.

Criminologists gather, organize, and analyze information to understand and prevent crime. The television series Quincy, M.E. greatly influenced the work of criminalists and criminologists.

Criminologists may be the first best crime prevention specialists in the field of criminal justice.

Criminologists examine the causes, consequences, and costs of crimes,

Highest Paid Occupations in Criminology

The federal government has found that the most sought-after crime and criminology-related jobs have some of the highest salaries in the field across America, as well as in New York City.

The salaries quoted here are at the high end of each salary range.

  1. Attorneys: $163,320
  2. Judges: Over $119,000
  3. FBI Agents: $115,000
  4. Private Investigators: Over $92,000
  5. Court Clerks: Over $77,000
  6. Police Officers: In 2017, median income was $67,187 per year in a range up to $146,000.
  7. Probation Officers: $61,000
  8. Forensics Analysts: Over $58,000
  9. Paralegals: Over $58,000
  10. Federal Marshals: Over $48,000


  1. Applicant must be age 18 years old and a resident within one of the Burroughs of NYC.
  2. Applicant must be attending a 4-year accredited college or university in a Bachelor's Degree awarding program in New York City, Nassau County (Long Island), or Westchester County.
  3. The potential intern must have already earned between 45 to 94 credit hours.
  4. The person interested must have at least a 2.0 GPA.

The Program

This program provides practical training and work experience with the goal of becoming a future New York City Police Officer. This internship offers additional training in college, as mentioned above.

This is a paid internship at a rate of over $14.00/hour full-time, through summer; and part-time during the school year, with tuition assistance of up to $20,000 per year.


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FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force

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Criminology Jobs

The Five Highest Demand Criminology Jobs in NYC

  1. Financial Forensic Auditors, Sr. Auditors, and Supervisors
  2. Security Incident Managers
  3. IT Security Forensics Specialists
  4. Managers of Information Security
  5. Information Security Consultants

All of these listed jobs are involved in finance and information handling.

Source: NY State Government and NYC City Government data.

  1. Faculty in Sociology, including criminology and forensics
  2. Telecommunications Tower Technician
  3. Forensic Psychology and Criminology Research Internship
  4. Faculty in Criminal Justice
  5. Crime Analyst, Level II
  6. Security Officers and Shift Supervisors
  7. Case Workers for the Community Re-entry Assistance Network (CRAN)
  8. Field Investigator
  9. Senior Research Associate at Substance Use and Mental Health (SUMH) in the Vera Institute of Justice
  10. Anti-Fraud, Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption Officers

Top 15 Higher-Paid Criminology Jobs

The following job titles are consistently and most frequently higher-paid and most advertised among crime-related positions on job search engines Indeed, Simplyhired and the NYPD websites from 2008 - 2016:

  1. Auditors, Sr. Auditors, and Supervisors at Financial Institutions, particularly important to forensic accounting.
  2. Security Incident Managers
  3. IT Security Forensics Specialists
  4. Managers, Information Security
  5. Information Security Consultants
  6. Phlebotomists - Forensics
  7. Forensic Technology Data Analysts
  8. Forensic Accounting positions
  9. Windows Infrastructure Engineers in Data Protection
  10. Advisors - Forensic Technology Information Risk Management
  11. Nursing in Forensics - Adult Mental Health
  12. Managers, Transaction Services
  13. Digital Forensic Examiners
  14. Analytic & Forensic Technology - Data Analysts
  15. Senior Systems Engineers

Additional related high-demand jobs include paralegals, legal secretaries, legal assistants, and financial analysts.

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

  1. Deloitte - Legal, forensic accounting, etc. Company is involved in auditing, taxed, consulting, enterprise risk. and financial advisory services. One of the largest such companies in the world, with headquarters located in Paramount Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. Visit the website at and search jobs and careers around the world. Number of company employees increased from 170,000 in mid-2011 to 244,400 in December 2016.
  2. State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Particularly interested in drug-related crime.
  3. JP Morgan Chase and others: Banking and Financial products and services.
  4. New York City Police: Investigations
  5. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  6. Bloomberg
  7. Thomson Reuters: Legal publications
  8. IBM Corporation
  9. Exec-u-Search and other executive "headhunters": Background checks.
  10. KPMG: Taxes and Auditing
  11. Ernst & Young: Taxes and Financial Services
  12. Booz Allen Hamilton: Part of the NASA Commercial Crew
  13. City University of New York (CUNY): Faculty in sociology/criminology and forensics.
  14. Rutgers University
  15. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  16. Macy's and other department stores


US Bureau of Labor Statistics

New York State Government retrieved May 31, 2017

New York Department of Criminal Justice

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS)

Simplyhired. com

New York government websites

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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