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Making the Case for a Criminal Justice Degree in the USA

Getting a criminal justice degree in the USA can help you prepare for a career that is both interesting and that benefits society. This is also the type of career that is fairly stable, as there will always be a need for people to enforce laws, analyze evidence and protect the population. Let's look at a few of the possibilities you can pursue with a criminal justice degree.


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Active Criminal Justice Jobs

If you prefer to play a direct and active role in the criminal justice system, you may want to become a police officer. While you don't necessarily need a degree for this job, more and more police officers are obtaining degrees and some departments now require it. Other active jobs that you can consider include positions as a probation officer and corrections officer.

Research Jobs

Criminal justice now uses the latest science and technology to prevent and solve crimes. There are many jobs that allow you to be at the forefront of the most recent advances. Forensic science technicians, for example, may work for laboratories, government agencies, hospitals or courts. In this job, you are responsible for analyzing evidence such as fingerprints and DNA. Another type of exciting research job is as a computer forensics investigator. This is someone who is able to solve crimes by analyzing electronic evidence stored in computers and other devices.


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Jobs with Federal Agencies

Working for a government agency, such as the FBI or CIA, can provide you with a rewarding and well-paying career. To get such a job, you will usually need a college degree. In fact, if you are looking for a career with a federal agency, you might want to pursue an advanced degree, such as an online master's degree in criminal justice. Training and education are quite rigorous for these agencies, and it helps to be well-prepared with the right degree.


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Outdoor Law Enforcement Jobs

If you enjoy being outdoors and in nature, you might want to consider a career as a fish and game warden. This is a career where you might work in a national park or wildlife preserve to protect the environment and local wildlife. For this type of job, you should have a strong background in biology as well as criminal justice.

The above are just a sampling of jobs that you can consider with a criminal justice degree. As science and technology advance quickly, people in law enforcement fields have to be better educated than in previous eras. That's why it makes sense to obtain a degree if you are seeking a long-term career in this field.

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.



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