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Degrees and certificates in the Criminal Justice program may lead to the following jobs or careers:
review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.
All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence
Studying Criminal Justice at
Cedar Valley College can prepare you for a variety of careers. There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ targeted occupations lists corrections officer as a high growth area, with 2,330 openings projected locally this year.
America’s Career Infonet projects high job increase for supervisors and managers of correctional officers (15%); compliance and correctional officers (both 16%); detectives and criminal investigators (18%); postsecondary criminal justice teachers (20%); and probation officers (29%). High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10%.
U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists patrol officer and security guard among its
best social services jobs.
Depending on the levels of education and experience you achieve throughout your career, jobs might include:
Federal government agencies offer a wide variety of criminal justice-related career opportunities:
The jobs of some federal agents, such as U.S. Secret Service and DEA special agents, require extensive travel, often on very short notice. Some special agents in agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol work outdoors in rugged terrain for long periods and in all kinds of weather, and all federal agents may relocate a number of times over the course of their careers.
Police and detective work can be dangerous and stressful. In addition to the obvious dangers of confrontations with criminals, police officers and detectives need to be constantly alert and ready to deal appropriately with a number of other threatening situations.
Uniformed officers, detectives, agents and inspectors are usually scheduled to work 40-hour weeks, but overtime pay is common. Shift work is necessary because protection must be provided around the clock, and junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays and nights. Officers in most jurisdictions, whether on or off duty, are expected to be armed and to exercise their authority when necessary.