Top 10 Careers in Criminal Justice
Criminal justice degrees offer a wide variety of career paths which are well-suited to many personalities and interests. Listed below are ten of the top jobs within this ever-important field.
Detectives uncover details about crimes, piecing together the puzzle of criminal activity. Detectives are sometimes called on to study cold cases and many times work undercover.
2. Criminal Investigator
The job of a criminal investigator is to solve crimes and apprehend and question suspects. Some undercover work may be required to expose criminals. Sometimes called the “lab rats” of the investigative world; collecting evidence at the scene and processing them in the crime lab is a fine tuned skill that requires a lot of training.
3. FBI Agent
An agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation works for the Justice Department of the United States of America. FBI agents investigate crimes, assist other law enforcement agencies, and protect the country from threats like terrorism. A slot as an agent with the FBI is one of the most prestigious positions in the law enforcement industry and requires one of the criminal justice degrees.
4. Police Officer
Police officers protect and serve the communities in which they live. Their duties include patrolling the streets, issuing citations, responding to local emergencies, collecting evidence, and performing arrests. Police officers are needed all over the country, from small towns to large cities.
5. Secret Service Agent
A secret service agent protects high profile persons of interest. Secret service agents are used to protect individuals such as the President of the United States, as well as former Presidents and their families. Secret service agents may use firearms and high-tech electronics to perform their job duties.
6. Private Investigator
Private investigators are investigative and surveillance experts. They utilize many tactics such as email tracing, background checks, and recording equipment to investigate situations for their clients. Private investigators are probably most famous for conducting surveillance on presumably-cheating spouses, but that’s just one possibility of the kind of work a private investigator might do.
7. Substance Abuse Counselor
A substance abuse counselor works with clients to overcome use of addictive substances such as drugs or alcohol. Their work may include enlisting the cooperation of an addict’s friends and family to help the client stay sober once he/she has overcome the addiction. The substance abuse counselor may also have a hand in helping the addict to repair relationships that have been damaged through the abuse.
8. Probation Officer
A probation officer works with offenders who are on probation from the court system to ensure that they comply with all the court mandates, which may include attending counseling, substance abuse treatments, or drug testing. Probation officers check in with offenders’ friends and family, meet with the offender often, and report to the court on the progress the offender is making.
9. Insurance and Fraud Investigator
An insurance and fraud investigator is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of an insurance claim. They may use special equipment, surveillance, and undercover investigations to determine whether or not the claim is true and accurate.
A paralegal, or legal secretary, assists in the work of attorneys and lawyers. Paralegals may conduct research, file motions, or schedule hearings. Paralegals are needed in every sector of the legal field: government, private practice, non-profit, and corporate.
These are just a few of the exciting and challenging career areas that are attainable with criminal justice degrees.
This post was submitted by Vera Mosely, an author with a soft spot for Criminal Justice education.
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