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Want a Career that Helps People? Get a Criminal Justice Degree

There is no higher calling than helping others in need. A Criminal Justice Studies degree is one avenue towards becoming a victims’ advocate, and working as part of a societal solution. Students who enroll in the Criminal Justice Studies program at Bryant & Stratton College receive the education, preparation, and training required to work in a variety of career fields dedicated to protecting the rights of the innocent, as well as rehabilitating criminals who are often victims of their circumstances.

A Criminal Justice Studies degree, and related diplomas or certifications, will enhance your resume, and show prospective employers that you are dedicated to the field of victims’ advocacy. Here are examples of careers available to those with a degree in criminal justice. All median salary information, as well as projected job growth statistics through 2020, is provided by O*NET Online.

Social and Human Services Assistant
Jobs opportunities in social and human services often involve working with those who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system. You might work with convicted criminals and/or their family members through multiple support venues. Your work may involve child protective services, or connecting your clients with substance abuse programs, as well as job training and counseling services. Social and human services assistants also work inside the court systems as a child or court advocate. Projected job growth is higher than average.

Police Patrol Officers The primary duty of a police patrol officer is to protect the rights and safety of the general public. Police officers are usually the first responders to the scene, whether it pertains to a criminal act, an accident, or a situation involving human safety. At the scene, a police officer’s words and actions can restore the peace, create order out of chaos, and ensure medical aid and assistance is offered to those in need. They work closely with social and human services assistants to protect children and family members before, during, and after an arrest of a parent, spouse, or guardian has been made.

Correctional Officers and Jailers It is the responsibility of correctional officers and jailers to protect the rights of inmates and those who are being held on criminal charges. They must keep prison cells and common areas in good working order to ensure inmates are given access to secure housing, food, shelter, and exercise. They are also responsible for protecting the safety of civilian visitors and guests who enter the jail or prison facilities.

If you are interested in a rewarding career, dedicated to serving others, contact the Admissions Office at Bryant & Stratton College.


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