Economics or Criminal Justice ?

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#1 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

So I just started back at college this month and was wondering which major would have more job opportunities. I'm 24 and worked for many years in a pharmacy and definitely don't wanna go back to that. Anyone have any advice when it comes to which degree to get ? Economics, Criminal Justice, and education all interest me. Thanks for any help.

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#2 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26735 posts) -
JUSTICE!
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#3 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

Criminal Justice IMO. That's where i'm thinking about going.

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#4 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -
If by "criminal justice" you mean "becoming Batman", then definitely that.
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#7 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

I don't claim to be an expert on the issue, and I have no idea what you really want to do or where you're going, but Economics certainly opens up some doors, and also isn't a bad degree to have if you want to get an MBA or MFIN at some point.

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#8 Posted by 0mega3FattyAcid (149 posts) -

Criminal Justice. That's what I have, and am not doing a damn thing with it. But it's always a great conversation starter for women at bars. "Ohhh...criminal justice? I feel so safe around you. Save me from all of these hood rats and take me home". You can add your own Female Booty Inspector jokes also, if you like.

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#9 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

If by "criminal justice" you mean "becoming Batman", then definitely that.chessmaster1989

Well, I can't argue with that. On a serious note if I recall you're a math major, correct?

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#10 Posted by XaosII (16705 posts) -

This report lists unemployment by degree.

Looks like Economics degree holders have higher unemployment rates than criminal justice, but the starting and median salaries are much higher.

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#11 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -

[QUOTE="chessmaster1989"]If by "criminal justice" you mean "becoming Batman", then definitely that.TacticalDesire

Well, I can't argue with that. On a serious note if I recall you're a math major, correct?

math/econ double major, graduated back in June

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#12 Posted by ShadowDeathX (11621 posts) -
I finished my Sociology requirements just recently, but I'm staying another two more semesters to finish a B.A in Economics too. :) So I say Economics. Criminal Justice is too popular. Seems like everyone wants to do it nowadays.
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#13 Posted by CongressManStan (918 posts) -
Electrical Engineering!
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#14 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -
Looks like Economics degree holders have higher unemployment rates than criminal justice, but the starting and median salaries are much higherXaosII
Thus disproving the fundamentals of supply/demand. Take that economics majors, where is your god now! /obviously not serious
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#15 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Thanks for all the helpful replies. I think I'll take a few more classes in different subjects before I decide. I'm halfway to the associates from classes I took years ago when I was 18 and 19.

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#16 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Definitely don't do teaching if you want to make money. I'm doing electrical engineering and my school makes you do co op. I'm a sophomore and I make like $6000 less a year than my mom and she has a masters for teaching special ed kids. She got like a 3.9 gpa too.

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#17 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Definitely don't do teaching if you want to make money. I'm doing electrical engineering and my school makes you do co op. I'm a sophomore and I make like $6000 less a year than my mom and she has a masters for teaching special ed kids. She got like a 3.9 gpa too.

cain006
Agree with you on that. My brothers fiancee also has a degree for special eds kids and she makes like 40 or 45k :(.
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#18 Posted by BPoole96 (22817 posts) -

I am a criminal justice major and enjoy it I guess. There are a lot of different paths you can go, just don't go in wanting to be a cop. About half way through you'll be thoroughly convinced that it the last job you'd ever want.

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#19 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

[QUOTE="TacticalDesire"]

[QUOTE="chessmaster1989"]If by "criminal justice" you mean "becoming Batman", then definitely that.chessmaster1989

Well, I can't argue with that. On a serious note if I recall you're a math major, correct?

math/econ double major, graduated back in June

Nice, what are you planning to do/doing?

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#20 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

I am a criminal justice major and enjoy it I guess. There are a lot of different paths you can go, just don't go in wanting to be a cop. About half way through you'll be thoroughly convinced that it the last job you'd ever want.

BPoole96

What's your opinion on going into Law Enforcement? Eyeing it up so would be interested to hear what you think the negatives are.

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#21 Posted by Mafiree (3704 posts) -

Depends on what you want to do......

I would say criminal justice is easier than economics. A CJ degree puts you ahead of many for a career in law enforcement, which is really nice if you want to go that route.

An economics degree is more technical though and should probably net you a higher salary.

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#23 Posted by princeofshapeir (16606 posts) -
Econ Business is always a good field to get into and pursuing an MBA would be ideal with an Econ degree Criminal justice ain't bad but law school is notoriously competitive, as are job positions
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#24 Posted by -Tish- (3624 posts) -
A bachelor's in economics won't make you stand out in the field. But if you can manage getting at least a master's you'll be swimming in bank. If you don't plan on going to graduate school I'd recommend double majoring if you're truly interested in economics. Something like economics and management would work. I'm double majoring in accounting and economics, but my main focus is accounting. I don't even really plan on using the economics degree unless I decide to go for my master's someday.
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#25 Posted by princeofshapeir (16606 posts) -
A bachelor's in economics won't make you stand out in the field. But if you can manage getting at least a master's you'll be swimming in bank. If you don't plan on going to graduate school I'd recommend double majoring if you're truly interested in economics. Something like economics and management would work. I'm double majoring in accounting and economics, but my main focus is accounting. I don't even really plan on using the economics degree unless I decide to go for my master's someday. -Tish-
A double major in econ and poli sci would also be great. If you have an interest in criminal justice it'll carry well to poli sci. There's a lot of overlap in both economics and politics, obviously.
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#26 Posted by -Tish- (3624 posts) -
[QUOTE="-Tish-"]A bachelor's in economics won't make you stand out in the field. But if you can manage getting at least a master's you'll be swimming in bank. If you don't plan on going to graduate school I'd recommend double majoring if you're truly interested in economics. Something like economics and management would work. I'm double majoring in accounting and economics, but my main focus is accounting. I don't even really plan on using the economics degree unless I decide to go for my master's someday. princeofshapeir
A double major in econ and poli sci would also be great. If you have an interest in criminal justice it'll carry well to poli sci. There's a lot of overlap in both economics and politics, obviously.

I guess political science might actually be better than management. I can't remember the exact numbers, but I was reading the bureau of labor statistics and the number of government jobs available for economists overwhelmingly exceeded jobs available in corporations. But it also said jobs within businesses should increase in demand within the next ten years.
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#27 Posted by BPoole96 (22817 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

I am a criminal justice major and enjoy it I guess. There are a lot of different paths you can go, just don't go in wanting to be a cop. About half way through you'll be thoroughly convinced that it the last job you'd ever want.

TwistedShade

What's your opinion on going into Law Enforcement? Eyeing it up so would be interested to hear what you think the negatives are.

Tons of overtime, unpredictable hours, low pay, dangerous, high divorce rates, high stress levels, alcohol abuse, literally every person you come into contact with is either going to be pissed off at you, in distress, or pissed off at somebody else. If you have a BA in criminal justice, you barely get any benefits over other officers that don't have a degree. You may climb the ranks faster, but you'd be better starting off at a different job. Plus if you get something like a leg injury, you can no longer do patrol and will likely get stuck behind a desk. It's just not a life I'd want to live and I have been exploring other alternatives since I was considering being an officer when I started. Several other of my classmates went in with the same mindset and have all changed their mind.
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#28 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

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Definitely don't do teaching if you want to make money. I'm doing electrical engineering and my school makes you do co op. I'm a sophomore and I make like $6000 less a year than my mom and she has a masters for teaching special ed kids. She got like a 3.9 gpa too.

nooblet69

Agree with you on that. My brothers fiancee also has a degree for special eds kids and she makes like 40 or 45k :(.

That's not bad at all. My mom got a raise and now makes like 34k a year. Of course she works at a charter school in the inner city so that's why she gets paid so little. But yeah it's pretty silly considering she probably works like 60 hours a week. I mean that's around 15 dollars an hour.

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#29 Posted by jetpower3 (11614 posts) -

Economics without a doubt.

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#30 Posted by pie-junior (2866 posts) -
Is this a serious fvcking question? There are more job opprotunities as an econ major. I don't know what's the use of a criminal justice major, anyway. Econ is a pretty difficult degree, though.
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#31 Posted by Syk0_k03r (1147 posts) -

If your dream job is to flip burgers, you can't go wrong with either.

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#32 Posted by Legend002 (13374 posts) -

Follow your heart, the right path will open.

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#33 Posted by sonicare (55482 posts) -

Honestly, if you want a job, pick a degree in a tech field.

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#34 Posted by Commander-Gree (4929 posts) -
I'm an economics major and I enjoy it. Not really sure about the job opportunities available for a criminal justice major,but I'm hoping an economics degree gives me some decent opportunities. I'm also studying business and accounting.
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#35 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Honestly, if you want a job, pick a degree in a tech field.

sonicare
How about IT ? I could see myself getting a degree in something like that...
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#36 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

[QUOTE="sonicare"]

Honestly, if you want a job, pick a degree in a tech field.

nooblet69

How about IT ? I could see myself getting a degree in something like that...

Pretty much anything in IT is booming now and probably will be for years to come. Going off BLS.gov the only thing not really hot is hardware development.

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#37 Posted by BatCrazedJoker (1611 posts) -
Economics has always caught my attention but it's not for me.I am a Chemical Engineer major and I love my major, maybe you should look into a scientific degree?
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#38 Posted by lonewolfman10 (528 posts) -

Criminal Justice definitely

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#39 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -
If I had to pick one, probably Econ.