What Can I Do with My Master’s In Criminal Justice?

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Dangerous Jobs in Criminal Justice

Lots of people dream of going into the law enforcement profession.

Some even know that they want to pursue criminal justice from a very young age. Whether you’re just starting out in college and planning for your future or heading back to school after working for a few years, there are a number of options available to you.

This is particularly true if you choose to pursue an advanced degree in criminal justice. Here are five career choices in the field that are both professionally and financially rewarding.

Criminology
While police officers prevent crimes from happening by racing to the scene in their patrol cruisers, criminologists prevent crime in different ways. Criminologists work with individuals who have committed multiple crimes in order to understand behavior patterns.

They work with other law enforcement professionals in order to devise a plan to prevent repeat offenders from committing future crimes. Most departments require that individuals who are applying for criminologist positions have an advanced degree such as a master’s in criminal justice.

Forensic Psychology
Are you interested in psychology and criminal justice? For those who are equally interested in multiple fields, a career as a forensic psychologist could be a great choice for you.

Chances are you’ve probably seen a forensic psychologist in one of the popular crime dramas on television. Typically, these individuals evaluate both victims and those who commit crimes.

They are often the first point of contact in determining whether a criminal was in their right mind when they violated the law. They also provide therapy to victims of crimes, and work on treatment plans to help them cope.

CIA Agent
Working for the CIA may conjure up images of lie detector tests and interrogations, but it is truly a great opportunity for talented and motivated candidates.

A career with the Central Intelligence Agency allows you to protect and serve your country, sometimes while traveling around the world!

So if you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to new and exciting places for your career, this may be a good option for you. Your responsibilities at the CIA could range from preventing cyber-attacks to partnering with allies in different countries to prevent terrorism.

FBI Agent
Another interesting option for those interested in working at the federal level is becoming an FBI agent.

Chances are good that working for the Bureau make take you to new and exciting places around the country, and you’ll most likely have varied responsibilities.

FBI agents work on matters of security at the federal level; everything from organized crime prevention and white collar cases to counter-terrorism and protecting the country from threats.

Police Detective
While criminologists focus on studying the criminal mind, detectives focus on studying the facts.

They analyze the scene of a crime, locate witnesses and conduct interviews, and rule out potential suspects.

Police detectives spend a lot of time researching the details of a particular crime in order to get a comprehensive picture of how and why the crime occurred. Typically, an advanced degree is required to become a police detective.

Criminal justice is a fast-paced and exciting field. Whether you are just getting started with your college education or looking to advance your career after being in the field for several years, there’s a career path for you.

Author’s Bio

John Hooper holds his master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He’s worked in law enforcement for a decade, and enjoys advising the next generation on how to build a great public service career. Those who are interested in the field can click here for more information on criminal justice programs.

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