If you want to keep the peace with a rewarding and exciting career in criminal justice and law, there are many exciting academic programs designed to help prepare you to pursue a career in this field. Whether you're considering a career as a police officer, paralegal, forensic science technician or a public safety professional, there's likely a program that matches your career goals.
|Career||Job Summary||Entry-Level Education*||Median Pay*|
|Correctional Officer & Treatment Specialist||Officers are responsible for those who have been arrested or who have been sentenced to serve time.||High school diploma or equivalent||$39,020|
|Court Reporter||Court reporters transcribe pre-trial and trial proceedings.||Postsecondary non-degree award||$47,700|
|Fire Inspector & Investigator||Investigators inspect buildings for fire hazards, enforce laws, or investigate causes of fires.||High school diploma or equivalent||$52,230|
|Firefighter||Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies.||Postsecondary non-degree award||$45,250|
|Forensic Science Technician||Collect evidence at crime scenes and use that evidence to help police and other government officials solve crimes.||Bachelor's degree||$51,570|
|Judge, Mediator, & Hearing Officer||Responsible for accurately interpreting the law and ensuring it is applied in a variety of legal proceedings.||Varies||$91,880|
|Lawyer||Lawyers represent, defend, and advise their client on law related matters.||Professional or doctorate degree||$112,760|
|Legislator||Elected official who strives to develop laws in the best interest of the community he/she serves.||Bachelor's degree||$19,260|
|Paralegal & Legal Assistant||Support lawyers in their day to day needs by keeping files organized, taking notes during meetings, and performing legal research||Associate's degree||$46,680|
|Police & Detective||Police are responsible for preventing crimes and responding quickly when crimes are committed.||High school diploma or equivalent||$55,010|
|Private Detective & Investigator||Conduct private investigations, obtain information regarding a suspect, search databases, credit reports or legal filings to locate a person or find out information.||GED||$42,870|
|Probation Officer||Probation officers supervise people who have been placed on probation.||Bachelor's degree||$47,200|
|Security Guard & Gaming Surveillance Officer||Responsible for monitoring alarms, controlling access to various areas of a property, and performing security checks on an employer's property.||GED||$24,380|
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.
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