Earning your degree and changing career fields
Considering a Career Somewhere in the Criminal Justice Field?
There are a Wide Variety of Jobs and Career Paths to Choose From
You Could Work for a Federal Agency or a Court or in Law Enforcement
It Won't Happen Overnight, But You Can Get Started Today

Your Career

Are you considering a degree in law enforcement or criminal justice?

Practically everyone has grown up watching television shows depicting the police and other law enforcement agencies fighting crime. For some people, these types of shows stimulated a calling to protect and serve the public. If you think this might be your calling as well, you can earn a degree in criminal justice from an online school and get your career started.

Many universities and online colleges offer one or two year degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees in law enforcement or administration of justice.

Local Law Enforcement or Government Agency?
In most instances, a one or two year associate’s degree will qualify you for a position on a law enforcement agency, although continued education is always encouraged.

There are many avenues that you can go with your criminal justice degree. Some graduates go on to work in fields such as private security agencies, sheriff’s departments, local government protection forces, correction officers, probation officers or private detective services.

If you have aspirations of becoming an FBI agent or related agency member, you will need to get your bachelor’s of science degree plus go through a minimum of three years of professional work experience. You will probably be required to possess a degree from a set list of approved majors, have fluency in another language, and be able to pass a thorough background check.

Online learning is a terrific alternative to campus classes for those who are on a busy schedule, working full time, or just wish to take a criminal justice degree program at their own pace. These web-based programs are built to accommodate working students and to fit your own personal schedule.

Many of these jobs are in fields where employment is in modest demand. You can get the technical training you need to compete for one of these jobs.

Most of the accredited schools mentioned here provide job placement assistance to students, new graduates and alumni.

And if you are already employed, your agency or other employer may pay for some or all of your tuition costs related to criminal justice training courses.

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