If you are thinking about a job in the criminal justice field, here are several careers in law enforcement you may want to consider.
TSA screeners work in airports and are responsible for keeping passengers safe while waiting for their plane to take off and during their flight. They do this by having people walk through metal detectors and searching luggage for things such as explosives and other banned items. You can apply for an entry-level position without a degree in criminal justice, however, it is best to have one in order to have career advancement within the agency.
ATF agents enforce laws and investigate crimes that relate to distribution and possession of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. These agents have many duties which include conducting interviews and raids, arresting suspects, and collecting evidence. They also testify during court trials. To work as an entry-level ATF agent, you need a bachelor’s degree in any field. Other levels require a master’s degree in several areas of study such as criminal justice, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Diplomatic Security Agent
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for providing security for the State Department. Agents working in the United States protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries. They also investigate security breaches and passport and visa fraud. Agents working in other countries advise ambassadors on security matters. You must have a bachelor’s degree in any field in order to apply, and it is preferred that you speak a foreign language.
Also called border patrol officers, these agents try to prevent drugs, weapons, illegal immigrants, and terrorists from entering the country. They can work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. You need at least a bachelor’s degree, and other educational requirements depend on the agency.
Compliance officers recommend laws aimed at protecting citizens and making sure they are enforced. They review complaints, interview all parties involved, and in the case of environmental complaints, they visit the site. They also check safety regulations and inspect buildings. A bachelor’s degree is required for an entry-level position.
Emergency Management Director
An emergency management director puts together plans for emergency responders in situations such as natural disasters. Other responsibilities include organizing volunteer training sessions and studying and assessing damage after a disaster. After an event takes place, they must work with government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide help and supplies to people in need. To work in this field, you need a bachelor’s degree in emergency management, and work experience in either fire safety or law enforcement.
Wardens manage prisons and other correctional facilities. They hire and train employees, review reports, and implement new prison policies. You should have a bachelor’s degree, and most wardens begin their career as correctional officers.
Computer Forensic Investigator
Computer forensic investigators look into cyber crimes, locate hackers, recover data erased on hard drives, and provide expert testimony during a trial. Demand for these investigators are on the rise due to an increase in cyber crimes. Many employers require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or criminal justice.
Profilers are responsible for developing profiles for suspects who have not yet been arrested. Generally suspects that commit murder, rape, or other violent crimes are profiled. Most profilers are FBI special agents, and it is best to major in both criminal justice and psychology if you want to work in this field.
Gaming Surveillance Officer
These officers work in casinos to watch for cheating and theft by employees or gamblers. To do this, they use one way mirrors and audio and video equipment. Many employers require a high school diploma or G.E.D. along with additional coursework in gaming surveillance.
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