Careers for Someone with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Criminal JusticeWhen looking into beginning your education in criminal justice, you will notice that there are many different areas of the field you can get into, such as loss prevention security, sworn positions in city police departments, the TSA, private/corporate security, state corrections, and law. These are only a few and to even begin in a career in some of these, like law, you have to get a higher education, pass exams and earn certificates. But what if you’re looking to start your career after you’ve earned your Associate degree?

There are many types of jobs you can apply to for entry-level positions if you don’t want to continue your education. We’ve provided a list with a description of these jobs below to help guide you into your new career.

  • TSA (Airport Security) – Airports have numerous jobs available in security and when an employer sees that you have an associate degree in criminal justice, you will be more likely considered.
  • Bailiffs/Court Services Officer – This position provides security within the court systems and police services when physical disturbances and security issues arise.
  • Parole Officer – When an offender has been released from jail, a parole officer usually supervises them to make sure they comply with community service and whatever else the courts have issued. They also help recently-released inmates adjust to society after they have been incarcerated for a long period of time.
  • Corrections Officer – A Corrections Officer helps maintain order in prison and jail systems and works directly with inmates. They usually work with communication techniques rather than work with weapons.
  • Detective – As a beginner in this position, most of your time would be spent behind a desk doing research in a police department. If you’re patient, however, you can work your way up and compete for a detective’s position where you would be able to work out in the field with police officers. Private investigators also fall under this category.
  • Probation Officer – When a person is awaiting trial or serving their sentence in the community, a probation officer is the person who usually supervises them. They ensure the offender is getting the right amount of rehabilitation. They also may arrange for an offender to get counseling.
  • Private Security or Body Guard – This person is paid to protect property, assets, or people.
  • Police Officer- Although this usually requires you to go to a police academy and take a number of different tests, it helps when you have an associate degree because sometimes you have to interview with a police department before you are accepted into the police academy.

There are many other jobs that you can look into when you graduate from your criminal justice associate degree program. These are just a few. Remember, you may have to work your way up once you’ve been hired, but if you’re patient and work hard, it will pay off in the end.