What can I do with this degree? - CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Probations & Parole
State and federal correction facilities
Precinct station houses
Youth correction facilities
Medium-security correction facilities
Voluntary correction facilities
Halfway houses and pre-release programs
Juvenile detention centers
Juvenile group homes
Women’s and family shelters
Domestic violence agencies
Immigration and naturalization services
Other nonprofit organizations
Seek courses or training in topics such as victimology, social
problems, diversity issues, or grieving. Supplement curriculum with
courses in psychology, sociology, or social work. Gain experience
working with a juvenile population in any capacity (i.e., sports teams,
summer camp counselor, parks and recreation programs, and
community/religious youth groups). Gain related experience in
employment interviewing, social casework, substance abuse, and
Learn to work well with people of diverse backgrounds. Consider learning a second language. Maintain a blemish-free driving and criminal record. Gain firearms and self-defense training. Earn a master’s degree in social work or counseling for therapy positions. Obtain a masters degree in criminal justice or business for upper-level positions in facilities management or administration.
JUDICIARY AND LAW
Local, state, and federal courts
Corporate legal departments
Public interest law organizations
Consider a double major or minor in the social sciences such as
psychology, anthropology, sociology, or political science. Attend a
postsecondary vocational or technical college that offers court
reporting or paralegal certification programs.
Obtain a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Learn to use software packages such as CD-ROM research databases. Develop strong research, computer, and writing skills. Maintain a high grade point average to gain admittance to law school. Participate in mock trial groups.
City/County Government Organizations including: Police departments,
Correction facilities, County sheriff departments, Liquor Control
State Government Organizations including: State troopers, Crime labs, Penitentiaries
Federal Government Organizations including: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Homeland Security, Postal Service, Federal Marshals, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Parks Service
Colleges and universities
Obtain related training or certifications such as CPR, first aid, or
EMT. Complete a formal police academy program upon graduation. Maintain
a healthy and physically fit lifestyle. Volunteer to work in a police
department or campus safety department. Complete an internship in a
crime laboratory to gain experience in the forensic application of
science. Obtain a double major in criminal justice and a hard science
(biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) if interested in a career in
forensics. Consider earning a master's degree in Forensic Science or
related discipline. Become familiar with the government application
process. Learn a second language.
Loss and Prevention
Private security companies
Hotels and resorts
Health care facilities
Nuclear power plants
Other large corporations
Minor in business or computer science. Seek practicum/internship
experiences that include training in the hardware and software of
security systems. Maintain good physical fitness. Develop exceptional
written and oral communication skills.
Seek leadership opportunities and develop strong interpersonal skills. Attend firearm safety courses. Obtain first aid and CPR certification. Gain military experience and training. Earn a graduate degree in business or law for upper-level positions.
Colleges and universities
Adult education providers
Public and private high schools
Earn a graduate degree for post-secondary teaching opportunities.
Get a teaching certificate for elementary or secondary education. Gain
a dual certification for increased opportunities. Serve as a tutor to
Develop strong written and oral communication skills. Assist a professor with research. Take additional coursework related to research and statistics.
Many criminal justice professions require candidates to possess
strong oral and written communication skills and good computer skills.
The ability to speak a second language is also desirable.
Develop good listening skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of diverse populations.
Most entry-level positions for criminal justice majors reside with law enforcement and social service organizations.
Be willing to start in an entry-level job in order to prepare for more advanced career opportunities.
Obtain experience through volunteer, practicum, or internship opportunities.
Supplement program of study with courses in business, psychology, anthropology, or sociology. Course work related to the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) is preferred for career opportunities in forensics.
Depending upon one's career goals, earn a master's degree in disciplines such as criminal justice, forensic science, social work, counseling, or business to obtain positions involving therapy, higher levels of administration, forensics, or research. Earn the doctorate degree for university teaching positions.
Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer