Jobs in Criminal Justice for a New Decade

Criminal justice jobs are an ever-evolving part of the criminal justice field, and in fact involve much more knowledge than many of us would ever assume.  They deal with the underbelly of criminal justice, as well as the trial of defendants, and they focus on the prevention of most crimes.  As a result, jobs in the criminal justice system literally abound from most areas in the country, as recent graduates have found out.  Regardless of the courses you took or a specific topic you studied in depth, criminal justice is one field that is ever-inviting for students looking for jobs. 

Jobs within the criminal justice field range from law enforcement to Supreme Court justice, and everything in between.  This is quite a disparity, but it is amazing how quickly the justice system gets from point A (law enforcement) to point B (Supreme Court case).  While not every criminal case makes it past the trial court’s decision, the Supreme Court remains a major pillar of the criminal justice system and indeed a major pillar of our country itself. 

The many aspects of criminal justice involve the root of the crime.  Law enforcement positions teach you how to recognize a potential criminal suspect and to do everything in your power to prevent the crime from happening, whether by a “stake-out” or through undercover work.  Regardless, the goal of law enforcement is to uphold the laws of the community and to arrest those guilty of committing any violations of the laws, large or small.  It is only after the arrest of criminals that the law gets involved.  At this point, lawyers, judges, clerks, bailiffs, and everyone in the court room is involved with the crime that was committed.  Now their responsibility is not to prevent the crime, but to uphold justice and ensure that the guilty defendants go punished, while the innocent are allowed to walk free. 

This is a complicated system and is becoming more so with the inclusion of new laws by the decade, mostly from the federal bureaucracy.  Many politicians and workers in criminal justice continue to complain about the overcrowding of large jails and prisons, and the differences in court between federal and state – the federal courts are nearly over-stepping their jurisdiction in many situations and getting involved in criminal cases that should largely be under the control of the state.  Regardless of this debate, the criminal justice system continues on its same path, producing new fields for job prospects every year.  As a student of criminal justice, you will be able to find a job in the field in law enforcement, law itself, and anywhere in between; it all depends on what sector of criminal law you want to find yourself in.