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Depending on the levels of education and experience you achieve throughout your career, jobs in criminal justice that you could pursue, from local to state levels, might include:
Federal government agencies offer a wide variety of criminal justice-related career opportunities:
There is such a wide variety of jobs within the field of criminal justice that it's impossible to describe standard working conditions. However, at least at the beginning of your career, you will most likely work shifts on nights and weekends and may be called when off-duty.
The jobs of some federal agents, such as U.S. Secret Service and DEA special agents, require extensive travel, often on very short notice. Some special agents in agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol work outdoors in rugged terrain for long periods and in all kinds of weather, and all federal agents may relocate a number of times over the course of their careers.
Police and detective work can be dangerous and stressful. In addition to the obvious dangers of confrontations with criminals, police officers and detectives need to be constantly alert and ready to deal appropriately with a number of other threatening situations.
Uniformed officers, detectives, agents and inspectors are usually scheduled to work 40-hour weeks, but overtime pay is common. Shift work is necessary because protection must be provided around the clock, and junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays and nights. Officers in most jurisdictions, whether on or off duty, are expected to be armed and to exercise their authority when necessary.
America's Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in criminal justice related fields, which may include:
Corporate protective services (high-end corporate bodyguards) is a fast-growing career path in the D/FW metroplex and Houston, paying an average of $60,000-$80,000 a year, according to Craigslist. Minimum requirements are usually five years' experience in executive protection.
America's Career Infonet lists average salaries and projected job growth in Texas for the following criminal justice-related jobs: Please note that continued education, job experience and location will significantly impact salary ranges.
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