If you are self-confident, assertive and a critical thinker, you may have the basic qualities needed for a career in criminal justice . With the right preparation, you could be part of a system that makes society fair and safe.
The following is a list of potential career options for criminal justice graduates. Compensation and responsibilities can vary depending on the department and position. Consider these positions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition.*
Private detectives and investigators are trained to find and analyze information regarding legal, personal and financial matters. They are often hired to do background checks, find missing persons and investigate computer crimes.*
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, terrorism, illegal activity and vandalism.*
Correctional officers oversee individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in a jail or prison.*
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with criminal offenders. They may be assigned to work in high-crime areas or in institutions where there is a risk of violence or communicable disease.*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.