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Acceptance into a South University Criminal Justice program or its completion does notimply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole or related fields. The student should contact the national, state or local agency/institution in which the student intends to gain employment for specific requirements and the application process.

Are you passionate about upholding justice, maintaining public safety, and positively impacting your community? Studying criminal justice could be a fit for you! As you consider a future in this field, learning about possible career options* may help you determine your next steps. This blog post offers examples of common specializations and jobs within the criminal justice realm, so that you can make informed decisions about your academic and professional future.

Corrections and Rehabilitation

Corrections officers and probation officers are common professions within this area of criminal justice. Corrections officers work within correctional facilities and programs as well as guard individuals during transit to court and other locations. They maintain order, supervise inmates, and contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders. Probation officers assist individuals released on probation with reintegrating into society. They provide support, monitor progress, and ensure compliance with court-ordered conditions.

Within corrections and rehabilitation, some professionals focus exclusively on juvenile justice. For example, juvenile probation officers and correctional counselors work with juveniles to prevent future criminal behavior and guide them toward positive life choices.

Homeland Security

Homeland security refers to government efforts to ensure the safety, security, and resilience of its citizens, infrastructure, and institutions. Homeland security jobs include border patrol and customs agents who enforce immigration laws, prevent illegal activities, and safeguard national borders. With the prevalence of cybercrime, cybersecurity specialists also are crucial in homeland security. They help protect the security of sensitive information as well as investigate cybercrimes. Other homeland security professionals may work in emergency management and be responsible for planning and preparing for national crises.

Building Your Foundation in Criminal Justice

Pursuing a degree in criminal justice may open doors to a range of careers and opportunities to make an impact on your community and nation. If you’re interested in a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program in criminal justice, explore the Criminal Justice programs at South University today.

*South University does not promise or guarantee employment.