Do you have a passion for justice? Do you feel a drive to defend and protect? Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in the courtroom or in the field, a criminology degree can help you attain your goals with a variety of job opportunities in the criminal justice field. Here are some of the most popular career choices of those who seek a degree in criminology.
Police officers are the men and women on the front lines of the criminal justice system. They work hard to not only apprehend criminals but to prevent crime as well. A high pressure job that is in high demand no matter where you live! Beyond an initial degree in Law and Criminal Justice, police forces invest in additional training for their officers which include but are not limited to; law enforcement technologies and legal ethics, as well as cultural diversity awareness.
Correctional officers are the officers who are responsible for both individuals who have been sentenced to serve time in prisons as well as the individuals in the transitional stage between having been arrested and awaiting trial. This highly stressful career is on the list of the jobs with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. That being said if you have a strong sense of right and wrong, compassionate interpersonal and observational skills and want to help criminals on their path to rehabilitation than this career may be your calling.
Paralegal or Legal Assistant
A paralegal career has become a popular choice for its esteemed position and competent pay. Many law firms hire paralegals to work under an attorney or attorneys within the firm to assist them in meeting high client demands. A graduate degree is required in order to legally work as a paralegal, but they may not offer legal services directly to the public, rather they must perform their legal duties under a legal firm or lawyer.
A large part of helping our society is depended upon good hearted probation officers who can sympathize and help parolees adjust to life after they are released from prison, and at the same time ensure that they abide by the terms of their release. This job is for someone who believes in the system wants to play a positive role in the lives of others. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there is an 18% job growth expected through 2020 for probation officers.
Do you enjoy problem solving? Have in inquisitive mind? Enjoy delving into what happens behind the scenes or putting the pieces of a mystery together? If so than a career in private investigation is something that can be both intellectually and monetarily rewarding. PI’s are hired by both individuals as well as for firms.
Overall criminal justice and law graduates can find fulfilling work in a number of services. From patrolling streets to investigating crimes, overseeing criminal activity and protecting the quality of life that fellow citizens deserve. Though these jobs can at times be stressful and dangerous they are a highly rewarding to those seeking to understand and part-take in the correctional system of the USA