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Criminal Justice Careers

If you a Criminal Justice student who is interested in learning more about what you can do with your degree, look no further. With a degree in criminal justice you can work in a number of different occupations. Some occupations require additional studying. A few are as follows:

  • Law Enforcement Administration

  • Correctional Administration

  • Research and Teaching

  • Lawyer

  • Paralegal

  • Corrections Officer

  • Judge

  • Police, Detective, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal, INS, Customs Inspector

  • Private Detective, Investigator

  • Probation Officer

  • Court Reporter

Professional associations are very good places to look for information about different careers. There are many different associations for the various criminal justice careers. A few associations are as follows:

For a list of other associations, see the Criminal Justice Library Subject pages.

Both the University Library and Dewey Library have a number of excellent reference books that might provide you with some helpful career guidance:

  • Criminal Justice and Criminology : a career guide to local, state, federal and academic positions by James F. Anderson, Nancie Jean Mangels, and Laronistine Dyson – Dewey Library / HV 9950 A54X 2003

  • Federal Law Enforcement Careers : profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A3544X 2006

  • FBI Careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America’s finest by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A354X 2006

  • Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers by James Stinchcomb – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 S86X 2003

  • Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors by Stephen Lambert and Debra Regan – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 L2537X 2001

  • Career Opportunities in Forensic Science by Susan Echaore-McDavid and Richard A. McDavid – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 E62X 2008

For more information about Criminal Justice careers, see the School of Criminal Justice’s web page Careers in Criminal Justice. When you are ready to begin searching for a job in a particular field, see the School of Criminal Justice’s don't forget to look at their job search strategies.

If you have any questions about researching Criminal Justice careers, you can also contact Mary Jane Brustman, our subject specialist for Criminal Justice. Feel free to contact her at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, or by phone at 442-3517.

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