Career Outlook

Berkeley College Criminal Justice Career Outlook

Justice Studies - Criminal Justice at a Glance

Berkeley College Criminal Justice Career Outlook

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program are prepared to enter a variety of fields within the criminal justice system, including working as police officers, detectives, probation officers, or correctional treatment specialists.

Education Required

Police and detective applicants must be graduates of a training academy. Many academies and police departments require that applicants have come college course work or a college degree. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists usually need a Bachelor’s degree.

Typical Tasks Performed

Some job responsibilities for police officers include:

  • Enforce laws
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Patrol assigned areas
  • Conduct traffic stops and issue citations
  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects
  • Prepare cases and testify in court

Some job responsibilities for detectives include:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Collect and secure evidence from crime scenes
  • Conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses
  • Observe the activities of suspects
  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects

Some job responsibilities for probation officers or correction treatment specialists include:

  • Evaluate offenders to determine the best course of rehabilitation
  • Provide offenders with resources, such as job training
  • Test offenders for drugs and offer substance-abuse counseling
  • Monitor offenders and help with their progress
  • Conduct meetings with offenders and their family and friends

Outlook for Employment

Employment of police, detectives, probation officers, and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent through 2024.

Please note that these are national statistics and projections that might vary by location.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm and http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm

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