10 Jobs that Could Be Yours with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

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If you’re going to put time, effort and money into pursuing a degree, it’s important to know where that degree can take you. Getting your criminal justice associate degree can open the door to many exciting and fulfilling careers, careers that can give you the chance to make a real, positive difference in the lives of other people. Here is a brief overview of ten career choices that may be open to someone with a criminal justice associate degree.

  1. Police officer – Qualifications vary from state to state, but many police departments are looking to train new officers who already have a background in criminal justice.
  2. Campus security officer – Security personnel play a vital role at universities and hospitals, safeguarding both people and property.
  3. Victim advocacy counselor – A background in law makes you the ideal candidate to counsel people as they work their way through the complex and often confusing criminal justice system.
  4. Probation officer – Probation officers monitor the activities of offenders who have been placed on parole or probation and report on how well they are adjusting to life in the community.
  5. Corrections officer – Jails and prisons across the country are in need of qualified personnel to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those behind bars and the communities nearby.
  6. Evidence technician – Evidence technicians are key players in any criminal investigation. The evidence they gather and document can be the difference between locking up a criminal and letting him go free.
  7. Youth detention counselor – Youth detention counselors are not only responsible for keeping young offenders incarcerated, but also for providing them with job training, drug intervention and a positive role model.
  8. Legal assistant – With your basic understanding of the criminal justice system, you can be a valuable addition to a legal office, helping with research, basic investigations and the taking of statements from relevant witnesses.
  9. Crime statistics analyst – Working alongside law enforcement, statistics analysts analyze crime data to aid in the formation of prevention and suppression strategies.
  10. Insurance investigator – Insurance companies need people with legal backgrounds to run fact checks, investigate witness statements and analyze data during their claim processes.

As you can see, your criminal justice associate degree is just the first step in a wide variety of fascinating career choices.

  • Morgan

    I am currently doing research, trying to decide what exactly I want to major in. I want to know if I would like to become an Evidence Technician, is an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice all I would NEED to accomplish that? Or would I need something higher than an Associates?

    • TheNewGuy

      Any Associates degree you get will probably not get you very far on it’s own. They can give you a leg up for many entry level positions in your field, but other credentials will make your odds so much better. More education, internetships, or related job experiences pair nicely with an Associates, but by itself it won’t do much.

  • Nancy Keel

    I have my associate degree in criminal justice and now is looking for a job in probation to get some experience. I have no experience in this field and I want to get some. How do I go about getting some experience in this field?

    • Juelz Caramelo

      you have to do a couple of internships in order to gain the experience required.

  • tamesha battle

    you cannot get a job as a counselor or probation with an associates degree in north carolina

  • Jason Witt

    In a lot of states probation jobs are on the federal level in which case you have to have a minimum of a bachelors degree. In my area they require a bachelors degree but the HR rep told me they don’t look at anyone with less than a Masters degree. She tole me the best best is to try to find them at the county or city level in your area. See if you can do any volunteer work with them. I went through the volunteer training program where I’m at but it has yet to pan out. If you figure out how to get your foot in the door let me know!

  • shannon

    what job can i get with only a A.S in criminal justice administration?

    • CCU – CAGS

      Hi Shannon! Our team will respond to you with more info shortly.

  • Constance Marie Onofre

    Can I really get a job as a legal assistant if I only have an A.S. in Criminal Justice? Will my B.A. in Spanish help me in any way?

    • CCU – CAGS

      Hi Constance! Thank you for reaching out. Our team will get back to you with more details about this.

  • tina powell

    you can not work as a probation officer with only an associate degree. it requires a BA degree and at minimum 5 week training course afterwards.