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Criminal Justice

What can I do with this major?

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Social Services

 
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Casework
  • Administration
  • Probations & Parole
  • Victim Advocacy
  • State and federal correction facilities
  • County jails
  • Precinct station houses
  • Prison camps
  • Youth correction facilities
  • Medium-security correction facilities
  • Voluntary correction facilities
  • Halfway houses and pre-release programs
  • Reintegration programs
  • Alternative schools
  • Juvenile detention centers
  • Juvenile group homes
  • Women’s and family shelters
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Immigration and naturalization services
  • Other nonprofit organizations

Judiciary and Law

 
  • Court Reporting
  • Legal Assistance
  • Legal Research
  • Administration
  • Local, state, and federal courts
  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Public interest law organizations

Law Enforcement

 
  • Patrolling
  • Investigating
  • Forensics
  • Probation
  • Security
  • City/County Government Organizations including:
    • Police departments
    • Correction facilities
    • County sheriff departments
    • Liquor Control Commission
  • State Government Organizations including:
    • State troopers
    • Crime labs
    • Penitentiaries
  • Federal Government Organizations including:
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
    • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
    • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Postal Service
    • Federal Marshals
    • Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • National Parks Service
  • Crime laboratories
  • Colleges and universities

Business

 
  • Private Security
  • Consulting
  • Investigating
  • Systems Integration
  • Global Intelligence
  • Private Investigation
  • Internet Security
  • Loss and Prevention
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Private security companies
  • Software companies
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Health care facilities
  • Transportation services
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Manufacturers
  • Online companies
  • Other large corporations

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult education providers
  • Public and private high schools

General Information and Strategies

  • Many criminal justice professions require candidates to possess strong oral and written communication skills and good computer skills. The ability to speak a second language is also desirable.
  • Develop good listening skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of diverse populations.
  • Most entry-level positions for criminal justice majors reside with law enforcement and social service organizations.
  • Be willing to start in an entry-level job in order to prepare for more advanced career opportunities.
  • Obtain experience through volunteer, practicum, or internship opportunities.
  • Supplement program of study with courses in business, psychology, anthropology, or sociology. Course work related to the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) is preferred for career opportunities in forensics.
  • Depending upon one's career goals, earn a master's degree in disciplines such as criminal justice, forensic science, social work, counseling, or business to obtain positions involving therapy, higher levels of administration, forensics, or research. Earn the doctorate degree for university teaching positions.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.

 
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