Criminal Justice Careers

Law Enforcement Courts/Legal Corrections/Rehabilitation Teaching/Research

Law Enforcement/Security 

The opportunities for a career in law enforcement extend far beyond simply being a police officer. A listing of career options follows, but this is by no means exhaustive.

BATF Agent
INS Officer
Border Patrol Agent
Insurance Fraud Investigator
Campus Police Officer
Laboratory Technician
Crime Prevention Specialist
Loss Prevention Officer
Criminal Investigator
Military Police Officer
Criminal Profiler
Park Ranger
Customs Officer
Police Administrator
Deputy Sheriff
Police Dispatcher
Deputy U.S. Marshal
Police Officer
Drug Enforcement Agent
Polygraph Examiner
FBI Special Agent
Postal Inspector
Federal Agency Investigator
Private Investigator
Fingerprint Technician
Secret Service Agent
Forensic Scientist
State Trooper
Highway Patrol Officer


Related Web Sites

Careers in Law Enforcement
At this Web site you can find information about available law enforcement jobs across the country. The site also provides information about the hiring process.
This site provides extensive job listings at the federal, state, and local level.

Department of Justice Job Search
Search for career opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice and its offices, boards, and divisions, including the Bureau of Prisons, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Attorney Offices, and United States Marshals Service

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 2,000 lodges and 294,000 members.

International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 19,000 members in over 100 different countries.


The courts provide an important aspect of the criminal justice system, and offer a wide range of career options, including

Law Clerk
Attorney General
Law Librarian
Legal Researcher
Clerk of Court
Court Reporter
District Attorney
Public Defender
Public Information Officer
Jury Assignment Commissioner
Trial Court Administrator
Jury Coordinator
Victim Advocate
Juvenile Magistrate

Related Web Sites

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals seeks to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism by promoting and advocating for the establishment and funding of Drug Courts and providing for collection and dissemination of information, technical assistance, and mutual support to association members.

National District Attorneys Association
The National District Attorneys Association was created to be the voice of America's prosecutors and to support their efforts to protect the rights and safety of the people.


Within the corrections system, a legion of workers maintains security and discipline within institutions, and provides myriad services in institutions and community-based programs.

Activity Therapy Administrator
Mental Health Clinician
Business Manager
Parole/Probation Officer
Case Manager
Presentence Investigator
Prison Industries Superintendent
Chemical Dependency Manager
Program Officer/Specialist
Child Care Worker
Children’s Services Counselor
Classification Officer
Recreation Coordinator
Client Service Coordinator
Rehabilitation Counselor
Clinical Social Worker
Community Liaison Officer
Residence Supervisor
Correctional Officer
Sex Offender Therapist
Dietary Officer
Social Worker
Drug Court Coordinator
Field Administrator
Substance Abuse Counselor
Fugitive Apprehension Officer
Home Detention Supervisor
Vocational Instructor
Human Services Counselor
Warden or Superintendent
Job Placement Officer
Youth Service Worker/Coordinator
Juvenile Detention Officer
Youth Supervisor
Juvenile Probation Officer


Related Web Sites

American Correctional Association
The American Correctional Association is a multi-disciplinary organization of professionals representing all facets of corrections and criminal justice.

American Probation and Parole Association
The American Probation and Parole Association is an international association composed of individuals actively involved with probation, parole and community-based corrections.
Visit this site for listings of open positions in all areas of government and criminal justice.

International Corrections and Prisons Association
The International Corrections and Prisons Association provides a forum for criminal justice professionals to join in a dialogue and to share ideas and practices aimed at advancing professional corrections.


The people who train others are an important cog in the wheel of the criminal justice system. Some careers include:

Agency Researcher
Community College, College, or University Lecturer or Professor

For more information on career development, go to:

State University of New York at Fredonia Career Development Office

Criminal Justice Office

Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Director
W369 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3421