The ABCs of Criminal Justice Careers


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The ABCs of Criminal Justice Careers

  1. 1. The ABC’s of A Career in the World of Criminal Justice<br />From the Decisions Center <br />
  2. 2. Careers in Criminal Justice<br /> A degree in criminal justice will prepare you for the following areas:<br />Local law enforcement<br />State law enforcement<br />Federal law enforcement<br />Private sector law enforcement <br />
  3. 3. Local law enforcement<br />-Park police <br />-County police <br />-Juvenile Justice Centers <br />-Sheriff Department <br />
  4. 4. State law enforcement<br />-Crime labs <br />-State Crime Commissions <br />-The Court System <br />-Attorney General Offices <br />-Narcotics Bureaus <br />-Liquor Control Boards <br />-State Police <br />
  5. 5. Federal law enforcement<br />-Department of Defense <br />-Department of Homeland Security <br />-Federal Bureau of Investigation <br />-Department of Transportation <br />-Federal Trade Commission <br />-Veterans Affairs <br />-Customs Agency <br />-Immigration and Naturalization Service <br />-Food and Drug Administration <br />-Office of the Inspector General <br />
  6. 6. Private sector law enforcement <br />-Insurance companies <br />-Private detective firms <br />-Safety officers <br />-Security patrol officers <br />
  7. 7. Courses to be Expected<br />While the exact curriculum will vary from school to school, here are some of the courses you might take as a criminal justice degree student:<br />-Alternatives to Incarceration <br />-Comparative Criminal Justice Systems <br />-Computer Crime <br />-Corporate & White Collar Crime <br />-Correctional Facilities in America <br />-Criminology <br />-Current Issues in Criminal Justice <br />-Domestic Violence <br />-Drug Trade and Trafficking <br />-Ethics & the American Criminal Justice System <br />-Introduction to Criminal Justice <br />-Introduction to Psychology <br />-Jurisprudence <br />-Juvenile Corrections <br />-Law Enforcement in Society <br />-Legal Rights of the Offender <br />-Mediation and Dispute Management <br />-Police Department Organization & Management <br />-Public & Private Safety <br />-Societal Issues, Crime, and the Law <br />-Technology in Criminal Justice <br />-Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism <br />-Women & Crime <br />
  8. 8. Is a Job in Criminal Justice Right For You?<br /> Ask yourself these simple questions to know if a criminal justice career path is right for you.<br />Do you thrive on helping other people? <br />Do you watch crime or law related television shows? <br />Does it interest you to read legal documents and articles? <br />Do gory movies and blood not bother you? <br />Do you want to know how things work? <br /> If you answered yes to these questions, a criminal justice career may be the right career path for you!<br />
  9. 9. What kind of College or University?<br />Online Degrees -100% Online<br />Classes are taken via the internet<br /><ul><li> Classes are usually shorter in length
  10. 10. Online offers more flexibility
  11. 11. Vocational School or Career College</li></ul>Attend classes on a specific campus<br /><ul><li> Degrees are designed around specific trades
  12. 12. Students are taught the skills needed to perform a particular job
  13. 13. Traditional College or University Campus</li></ul>Attend classes on a specific campus<br /> Degrees awarded for traditional fields of study<br />
  14. 14. Get Your Degree Now!<br />Visit<br /> Review your degree program options<br /> Determine online, on-campus or both<br /> Explore which college, university, career college or vocational school is right for you<br />