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I don’t know what I want to work as after college what are good careers for students with a criminal justice degree.

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I like reading, writing, and solving puzzles. I like law related topics such as court cases. I enjoy helping people. #criminal-justice

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Jodi’s Answer

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Hello! I was in a similar boat when I graduated with my criminal justice degree and I wasn't sure that I wanted to go into law enforcement. I was excited to find other options that appealed to my investigative nature and drive to help people. Have you ever considered a career in Asset Protection or Loss Prevention? I know most people tend to shy away from a career in retail because they think there is no room for advancement or they don't see the potential benefits of growing your career with a major company, but I have found working as a corporate Asset Protection professional is everything I needed and offers a great work/life balance. I know many companies offer positions like these for those with a degree and in many of them you can start at an entry level, learn the ropes, and progress quickly if you are driven and passionate about development. This type of career allows me to do large scale investigations, teach people how to become leaders, collaborate with many different levels of leadership and create my own schedule based on the needs of my business. I also get to partner with law enforcement on fraud cases and help guests in our buildings feel safe and secure during their shopping experience. It really is a great career option to consider!

Jodi recommends the following next steps:

  • Search online for job openings at retail stores for asset protection
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Kaitlynn’s Answer

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There are many different career paths you could take with a degree in the Criminal Justice field. Many of the common ones that pop into mind are police officers, investigators, corrections officers, social workers, substance abuse counselors, probation officers, security, and fraud prevention. With an interest in law & court cases, you could always consider taking your criminal justice degree further and study law. This could open a wide range of different career opportunities as well, such as becoming an attorney, legal assistant, judge, public defender, etc. There are many different paths you could take! Take your time and explore a couple you might find interesting before settling in! Good luck!
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David’s Answer

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There are a lot of good career for the Criminal Justice field, it is depend what you like, the environment, people you will work with or on and some are about the paid as well. You can do Criminal Intelligence, police officers, investigators, corrections officers, social workers, substance abuse counselors, probation officers, security, and fraud prevention. But it will be better to understand what they do and more. I think during the course work you have taken, you should have a bunch of guest speaker, site visit, and etc. coming to you where you can ask question, learn about their profession as well as taking the opportunity for shadowing, volunteering, internship, or maybe a part-time field study. I would recommend check with you college department or adviser or course professor and see what they can assist or guide you to your interest in the field and go from there and on.
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Veronica’s Answer

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Hello,

Definitely! Start looking into internships or volunteer opportunities that focus on what you want to do in the criminal justice system. For instance, somethings you can do is work at a law firm, youth partner for juvenile delinquency, substance abuse counselor, etc. Also, It all depends on what you are passionate about and what difference you want to make in the community.

You can always walk do a walk-in into the career center at your university and seek internship/job assistance. I know they will most likely have guides on how to do a resume and cover letter as well. Whatever internships/jobs you are able to find, make sure you apply and follow up. Internships will boost up your resume and if you are able to find a job it would be even better.
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Cody’s Answer

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It seems as if you would be a great future candidate for a position in criminal intelligence. Many organizations across the world employ professionals with backgrounds in criminal justice, law enforcement, and intelligence research to bolster internal security operations. The field includes researching individuals of interest and conducting background investigations to keep employees and assets safe. There is a lot of problem solving and critical thinking involved in this career field, something that might be of interest to you.
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Alexis’s Answer

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Check with your advisor to see if there are any internships available in the Criminal Justice field which could consist of jails, prisons, probation centers, parole centers, juvenile detention centers, police departments, and community based programs to include the Veterans Administration and substance abuse programs.
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