How the Recession is Affecting Criminal Justice Careers

Throughout the country, there has been a cold chill in the air, quite unlike that related to the changing season.  Instead, economic forecasters have frightened many of us into believing that there is no hope for recent college graduates in an economy which was once considered to be the most stable in the world.  While these economists may paint a dismal picture, this does not have to be a permanent painting, but is instead already in the process of changing in the same manner as the seasons change.  No economic disaster remains around for longer than a few years, and our country even bounced back from the Great Depression which should give all of us hope.

Criminal justice careers are one area that have had economists worried due to the amount of expanding programs throughout colleges, although this is one area that remains relatively unscathed.  Criminal justice careers have experienced a “boom” of sorts, akin to that of the health care industry, indicating that the economy has not closed out options for every graduate.  Far from it, criminal justice careers have become more prevalent within every major cities, which should be a sign that crime is on the rise, but fortunately it is not.  Instead, criminal justice careers have increased due to advances in technology as well as a new flexibility the degree offers to recent graduates.  No longer is criminal justice only useful for a future in law enforcement, but it can now be used in a variety of fields ranging from law to psychology.

One of the largest criminal justice programs in the country is in a small town in Texas within Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.  This was the first school to offer a doctorate program in criminal justice, and if its statistics are any indication of the popularity of the program, it is evident that criminal justice degrees are in no danger of slowing down.  Instead, students are finding new niches to break into every year that require a deeper understanding of the criminal mindset and the history behind criminal justice. 

Law enforcement only touches the surface of studies of this nature and instead of boxing students into a future in the field, criminal justice allows a wide array of options for the future.  The criminal mind is a curious thing to study, and the psychology behind it can lead to a future in psychology or even in a type of criminal sociology career.  The possibilities are endless, which fortunately does not mean that we have reached an era of high crime rates.  Instead, we have reached an era that holds a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system and offers recent graduates up as evidence of this new progression in the field.