Career Spotlight: Criminal Justice

Make a positive difference with a criminal justice career

Current events have consisted of headline after headline of major criminal events. These national headlines have ranged from high-end lawsuits, law enforcement policies, questioning of amendment rights, Supreme Court rulings, re-apprehension, protests, manhunts, emergency curfews, new legalizations and more.

There have been many public discussions and debates about the use of body cameras on police officers, recent shootings and acts of violence. We have seen protestors for and against these many political views. President Obama recently called for major criminal justice reform. He asked Congress to pass a criminal justice reform bill by the end of 2015 and asked the Department of Justice to study solitary confinements within the jail system for where improvements can be made. No matter where we turn, criminal justice and the judicial system is a hot topic.

In the news and on social media, many talk about the things they want to change in the system and in the country. If you want to make a difference and have your voice heard then become invested in the criminal justice field.

Ever wondered if a criminal justice career is the right choice for you? There are many types of criminal justice careers and they can be found at the local, county, state, regional and federal levels, as well at the private sector.

The types of criminal justice careers:

  • Corrections officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Police/sheriff officer
  • Homeland security
  • Fraud investigator
  • Crime scene analyst
  • Criminologist
  • Court reporter
  • Lawyers/attorneys
  • Paralegal
  • Probation officer
  • Substance abuse counselor

There are many different directions to take when looking into a criminal justice career.

Having a career in criminal justice could be the opportunity to provide service to the public and your peers. It is a place where you can make a positive difference in the criminal justice system, no matter what level.

At Waldorf College, our criminal justice programs provide you with a broad base knowledge in the three primary areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections.

Author: Brittany Gibson

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