Types of Criminal Justice Careers

If you're like most people, you probably think of a police officer when someone mentions the term "criminal justice." This is because police officers are, of course, an important part of the criminal justice field, and many individuals do enter the criminal justice field to become police officers. It is important to note, however, that a police officer is only one example of the many different criminal justice careers an individual can pursue, and each of these careers will allow an individual to perform a variety of different tasks. In fact, an individual may become an attorney, a private detective, or a criminal psychologist in order to help people, to prevent crime, and to perform a variety of other rewarding tasks.

Each of these careers, as a result, can be extremely rewarding. However, you should consider a few things about each of these careers before pursuing one.

  • First, you should review the responsibilities of each of the criminal justice careers you are considering. Since every criminal justice profession has a different set of responsibilities, it is important for you to make sure that you are comfortable with the responsibilities you may be required to perform. For example, a police officer may be required to chase and apprehend dangerous suspects, which means that you potentially will have to run after people who may be trying to hit you, stab you, shoot you, or harm you in another way. You may face these challenges as a police officer.
  • Second, you should consider the pay. This is important because a career in the criminal justice field can be rewarding for a number of reasons, but you still need to make sure that you can make a living from the money that you earn. Unfortunately, the pay for a criminal justice professional can vary greatly from area to area, and some professionals may not make very much money in certain areas. You need to have some idea of what you actually can expect to earn for the career in which you are interested and some idea of the amount you need to earn in order to pay your bills.
  • Finally, you should consider the education, experience, and other requirements of the career choice you are pursuing. Specific requirements likely will vary greatly from career to career.

Last Updated: 04/27/2014

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