Careers in criminal justice are challenging and rewarding. The criminal justice system employs nearly two million people across the nation and is made up of multiple aspects. These aspects include corrections, law enforcement, the court system, probation and parole.
A degree in corrections and juvenile justice studies can help you start or advance your career in the field of criminal justice. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Corrections officer
- Corrections administrator
- Detention officer
- Probation officer
- Parole officer
- Treatment specialist
- Juvenile services worker
- Caseworker or counselor
- Substance abuse specialist
- Delinquency prevention specialist
- Policy analyst
- Program evaluator
The majority of these positions are housed in state and local governments within the department of corrections in prisons, youth correctional facilities and community agencies.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists will see a significant increase through 2018.
Positions for correctional officers and other job opportunities in the criminal and juvenile justice fields are also expected to rise. Those with college degrees will set themselves apart.
Although education was not historically mandatory in the corrections field, it has become increasingly necessary as the profession evolves. Advanced degrees are required for many positions at the federal level and will likely become essential for advancement.