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Criminal Justice Students Become More Than Just Police Officers. Learn Where a Criminal Justice Degree Can Take You.

March 14, 2009 0 Comments

Graduates of criminal justice degree programs, who have completed criminal justice courses, work in a wide range of work environments in law enforcement and corrections, helping protect and better their communities and the nation. Those who have completed criminal justice classes may be able to pursue a career as a probation officer, parole officer, correctional treatment specialist, state trooper, or find opportunities to work with investigators and police. For those who have completed a criminal justice degree program and are interested in using their criminal justice class knowledge in the professional world, there are many different types of opportunities available. Here are just a few of the ways you can use your criminal justice degree to make a difference.

Use a Criminal Justice Degree to Help Protect your Community
Individuals with criminal justice degrees, who have completed criminal justice classes, may work as probation officers, parole officers, and correctional treatment specialists. These individuals work in a wide range of criminal justice positions both in correctional facilities and outside of them. Probation officers and parole officers, who have completed criminal justice courses, traditionally help individuals released from correctional facilities transition back into society, helping them find employment and housing. Probation and parole officers also help monitor the actions of these individuals to keep the community and public safe. Additional training and/or education may be required for certain positions.

Many professionals with criminal justice degrees work in correctional facilities. They evaluate the progress of inmates and help correctional facilities determine if an inmate is ready to return to society. Correctional treatment specialists also work with inmates and correctional facilities to plan their re-entry into society including arranging education and training programs.

What Other Opportunities Exist for those with a Criminal Justice Degree?
Graduates of criminal justice degree programs, who have diligently attended criminal justice courses, may also find employment opportunities in crime prevention and community protection with local police services and state trooper groups. Since 9/11 there has been a heightened state of security in the United States, and those who work to protect citizens are facing new challenges. Individuals who work in these capacities do both their nation a great service by protecting communities and preventing terror attacks.

Criminal justice courses and a criminal justice degree may also help you find employment in other areas such as security personnel. Security agencies and private companies, which hire security personnel, typically look for more than just brawn when hiring security officers. Criminal justice classes teach criminology and help students understand the criminal system and the criminal mind, making them attractive candidates for these positions.

Why is a Criminal Justice Degree Important?
Individuals who work in criminal justice as parole officers, probation officers, correctional treatment specialists, state troopers, homeland security officers and security personnel often encounter high-stress situations with criminals. They must be prepared to protect both themselves and their community. Criminal justice courses and a criminal justice degree can help you develop the skills and the understanding necessary to succeed in the field of criminal justice.

Sanford-Brown College-Fenton (SBC) offers an exciting Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program. This program includes criminal justice classes on a range of topics such as: homeland security, policing, criminology, criminal law, and a criminal investigation and evidence lab. This criminal justice course can help you take your first step to making a difference in your community through a career in criminal justice. To learn more about the criminal justice degree program at SBC, click here.

Sanford-Brown - Fenton is close to many locations:
Ballwin, MO - approximately 8.0 miles
St. Peters, MO - approximately 28.2 miles
O'Fallon, MO - approximately 28.0 miles
St. Louis, MO - approximately 19.7 miles


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Police and Detectives, on the Internet at (visited January 09, 2009).


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