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June 19, 2019

Exciting Criminal Justice Careers

The criminal justice field offers a wide variety of careers focused on protecting and serving the community. Whether you're interested in serving as a law enforcement officer or in the courtroom, there's sure to be a role that fits your interest. UW Colleges Online can help you get started in one of these careers with an associate degree and legal studies certificate. Here are some top criminal justice careers to keep in mind.

1. Law Enforcement Officer

Police officers, state troopers and other agents spend their days protecting lives and property in their communities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation is set to add more than 50,000 new police officer jobs over the next decade. A criminal justice degree is a great way to get started on this exciting career.

2. Paralegal

Interested in assisting lawyers by researching cases, drafting documents and organizing files? A paralegal career could be perfect for you. Better yet, opportunities in this field are expected to grow at a high rate in the next 10 years. Adding a legal studies certificate to your degree is a good idea for anyone interested in becoming a paralegal.

3. Private Investigator

Private investigators take cases and search for information about legal, financial and personal matters for their clients. Many have work experience in the criminal justice field and many states require private investigators to have a license. Job opportunities in the field are expected to grow in the next decade, so getting started on a criminal justice degree is a great way to capitalize on this opportunity.

4. Lawyer

The journey to a law career has to start somewhere, and working toward a criminal justice degree is a great place to begin. If you dream of representing individuals or businesses and advising them in legal matters, this is the career for you. 

5. Criminologist

A relatively new science, criminologists work with law enforcement to study human behavior and crime in order to better understand why and when a crime will happen. Criminologists should have strong analytical skills and be ready for any situation; from gathering evidence at a crime scene to interviewing witnesses. If criminology sounds right for you, a criminal justice degree is a great place to get started.

Take the next steps!

UW Colleges Online can help you get started on one of these exciting careers. Start your associate degree with a legal studies certificate today!