Criminal justice careers give you the ability to play to your strengths and use your specific skills for a greater good. Law enforcement officers, probation, parole and community corrections officers, lawyers, judges and correctional officers are some of the more common jobs. Most of these career opportunities are available at federal, state, and local levels of government. Furthermore, and not surprisingly, the private sector continues to expand its security and asset protection services within this multi-billion dollar industry. While many careers in criminal justice are available, competition is keen with only the most qualified persons advancing beyond the applications stage. Education is a key component for success.
Criminal Justice is a wide-ranging field that includes many different categories of work, requiring a variety of skills. These categories include law enforcement (Police Science), courts and corrections.
Many jobs in criminal justice and criminology offer an almost unmatchable level of job security and stability. If you have the fortitude to stick it out, you will more likely than not enjoy a long career that is relatively immune to the ebbs and flows of the private sector job market.
New fields of study such as aviation security, forensic science, homeland security, intermediate sanctions, psychological profiling, and reentry of offenders into society have created new opportunities for those who have interest in criminal justice but do not want to enter traditional law enforcement or correctional professions.
During your career, you will have tremendous opportunities. You will receive some of the best training available and have opportunities others may never experience. You will have ample opportunity to promote and advance in your career, and every day on the job comes with its own new and unique rewards. The fact is, most careers in criminal justice offer exactly what most job seekers are looking for.
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