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Criminal Justice

Law, it has been around since before the Hamurabi Stone. It is what tells us what is right and wrong according to our society's beliefs. With law comes the need for law enforcement, men and women who uphold and enforce the law. In America, law enforcement is seen as a means of ensuring that citizens remain safe from each other, from themselves, and even from the government. Law enforcement in America serves to protect both citizens and the government from each other. Law governs both citizens and government, hence we have three checks of power: executive, legislative, and judicial. Criminal Justice majors seek to become the next law enforcement representatives. Majors have a broad background in sociology and psychology in combination with Criminal Justice.

Wild Bill Hickok- "As to killing, I never think much about it. I don't believe in ghosts, and I don't keep the lights burning all night to keep them away. That's because I'm not a murderer. It is the other man or me in a fight, and I don't stop to think-is it a sin to do this thing? And after it is over, what's the use of disturbing the mind."

Career Fields associated with Criminal Justice Majors:

  • Bail Supervisor
  • Lawyer
  • Criminologist
  • Bailiff
  • Lobbyist/Civil Liberties Advocate
  • Criminal Psychologist
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant Counselor
  • Case Management Officer (Corrections)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parole Officer
  • Court Administration
  • Police Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Correctional Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Customs Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Records Clerk
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Victim Service
  • Worker Court Officer
  • Family Court Counselor
  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Security Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Child and Youth Care Counselor
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Statistical Research Analyst
  • Computer Security Consultant
  • Insurance and Fraud Investigator
  • Revenue Canada Investigator

Related Skills:

  • Define research problems
  • Develop Research Models
  • Ability to use and explain the scientific method
  • See relationships among factors
  • Develop & write research proposals
  • Ability to review scientific literature
  • Ability to inform, explain, and instruct
  • Ability to prepare technical reports
  • Ability to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Ability to measure distances and relationships
  • Ability to perform calculations, mathematical modeling, and maintain records
  • Ability to use math formulas
  • For designers: familiarity with technology and its effects
  • Ability to establish experimental designs

Personal attributes associated with Criminal Justice:

  • Desire to help others
  • Appreciation for order
  • Integrity
  • Strong interpersonal communication ability
  • Good vision, physical stamina
  • Manual dexterity
  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to respond spontaneously
  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure
  • Ability to solve problems or meet deadlines
  • Ability to persuade or influence others

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.