What careers are in Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice careers

Are you interested in crime? Law enforcement? Courts? Corrections? Controversial issues such as the death penalty? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should select criminal justice as a major.

Criminal Justice is the study of crime and the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Criminal Justice uses scientific perspectives and methodologies to examine crime and society's response to crime in the United States and around the world. Because of its breadth and diversity, criminal justice is a very popular undergraduate major.

Criminal Justice majors acquire skills in writing, communications, and analysis that are critical to a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education prepares students to think independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs and even to have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is excellent preparation for flexibility in employment.

Criminal Justice majors qualify for many different careers in private and public sector organizations, including careers in law enforcement, courts, and corrections at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Criminal Justice training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, movements on behalf of specific social policies, or even seeking elected or appointed positions in government.

By majoring in criminal justice, you can obtain a position such as:

Correctional Personnel
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist (Federal Prison)
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Juvenile Justice Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Pre-Release Program Correctional Counselor
  • Pre-Release Program Employment Counselor
  • Pre-Release Program Halfway House Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Warden
  • PLUS ...
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Recreational Counselor
  • Academic Teacher
  • Caseworker/HIV Specialist
  • Education Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Specialist
  • Classification and Treatment Director
  • Management Coordinator
  • Inmate Records Coordinator
  • Correctional Facilities Specialist
  • Facilities Specialist
  • Prisoner-Classification Interviewer
  • Penologist
  • Court Personnel
  • Attorney/Lawyer
  • Bailiff (Court Officer)
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Liaison Counselor
  • Court Reporter (Short-Hand Reporter)
  • Court Representative
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Judge
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Pretrial Services Officer, U.S. District Courts
  • Release-On-Own Recognizance (ROR) Interviewer
  • Research Analyst/Statistician
  • Support Services Coordinator
  • Site Supervisor
  • Victim Services Personnel, including
  • Victim Services Specialist
  • Child and Youth Counselor
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Runaway Counselor
  • Federal Law Enforcement Personnel

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    • Matthew Barnett Robinson (born 1970 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a Criminologist at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, North Carolina. After receiving his PhD from the Florida State University School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal...

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