Depending on the levels of education and experience you achieve throughout your career, jobs might include:
Federal government agencies offer a wide variety of criminal justice-related career opportunities:
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.
Please note that continued education, job experience and location will significantly impact salary ranges. CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for Texas:
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 to $80,000 a year, according to Craigslist. Minimum requirements are usually five years' experience in executive protection.