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Criminal Justice Careers

Ifyou’re a Criminal Justice student interested in learning how to put your degree, education, & experience to work for you—look no further! With a degree in Criminal Justice you can find employment in a number of different occupations.  Or you can choose to continue your education in an area of concentration of particular interest to you, including but not limited to:

  • 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 also excellent places to find information about different careers.  Here are a few professional associations that maintain resources on Criminal Justice careers:

Need further guidance?  Try our collection:

At Dewey Library:

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: HV 9950 A54X 2003

Criminal justice internships :theory into practice by Gary R. Gordon, R. Bruce McBride, Hedy Hyde Hage. / Dewey: HV 9950 G66 2001

Career opportunities in law and the legal industry by Susan Echaore-McDavid. / Dewey Reference: HF 5381 E358X 2007

At the University Library:
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 Careers in Criminal Justice page, and don't forget to check out theirJob Search Strategies. Another great resource is the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

For more information on Criminal Justice career resources, talk to Dick Irving, our Subject Specialist in Criminal Justice. He can be reached at rirving@albany.edu or 442-3698.

Blog post updated by Laurie Buckley