Careers and Jobs

Looking for a career in criminal justice but not sure what it entails or if it is something you are interested in? Take a look at some of these career options to gain an idea of the qualifications, duties and what you might experience in a typical day on the job.   

After narrowing down options, meet with your adviser to discuss it in more detail. Find people in that field to talk with to get their perceptions and ideas. This will help increase your knowledge and views on the position. The more opinions, the better your understanding will be of the career and if it is something that you want to pursue.

Bookmark CJ job openings  to watch for new announcements on internships and open vacancies. Check back often and watch your NMU e-mail for announcements from the CJ department.

For more general information, look through this list of organizations that are great outlets for students in the criminal justice program. For different agencies that are dedicated to justice in all forms, visit this list of justice agencies for career ideas. There are also numerous professional agencies that can be explored. 

In addition, representatives at the NMU's Career Services office are available to assist you to begin developing a resume and cover letter for employment.  Sign up for their job notification e-mails  for vacancies with potential employers.

Conservation Officers Observing and checking hunters, enforcing regulations on the use of snowmobiles, locating lost hunters, providing emergency medical assistance, and enforcing laws that protect the environment are just some of the required job responsibilities.

Paralegal assists  lawyers by researching laws and rulings pertaining to a case, organizing and preparing documents for a trial, and locating witnesses.  However, unlike a lawyer, a paralegal is not able to give advice on legal matters or present a case in court. State Troopers  
patrol highways statewide, having the ability to cross county boundaries, to enforce motor vehicle laws and regulations. In times of emergency, they direct traffic, organize first aid help analyze the cause of these situations.
Crime Scene Investigators  Meticulously examining the scene of a crime by means of taking measurements and photographing and collecting evidence that can be used to identify the culprit.

Corrections Officers supervise and partake in the custody, security, and treatment of prisoners’ in correctional facilities. They attempt to modify prisoners’ attitudes and behavior through one-to-one group interaction and tempt to obtain prisoners’ compliance with facility rules and regulations.

Criminologists study the nature, extent, social and psychological conditions that cause crime including the criminals themselves, and methods of rehabilitation. They develop scientific ways relying on quantitative methods to detect and solve crime.

TSA Agent making it possible for individuals to arrive safely at their destinations by protecting the transportation systems we rely on every day. Whether this means looking for bombs, inspecting airplanes, or checking baggage, keeping individuals safe is the number one priority.
Border Patrol Agents prevent the entrance of unauthorized drugs or terrorists into the United States. They are responsible for monitoring the countless miles of US borders from illegal incoming immigrants. 

Secret Service Special Agent  the United States Secret Service is one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the world. The dual mission of investigations and protection is what distinguishes the U.S. Secret Service from all other law enforcement organizations.

As a FBI Agent, you will monitor and enforce national security. Tasks may include matters of terrorism, cybercrime, organized crime, white-collar crime, public corruption, civil rights, bribery, bank robbery, kidnapping, air piracy, and fugitive and drug-trafficking

Probation and Parole Officers share the same common goal: protect the public. Probation officers oversee adult and juvenile offenders for a fixed period of time who have been convicted but instead of serving time in a correctional facility, they receive a suspended sentence. Parole officers supervise adult and juvenile offenders who have spent part of their time in a correctional facility. They help people on parole to establish a crime-free life outside of the correctional facility.

U.S. Marshall In this action-packed career, there are many duties to be done, such as transporting prisoners, seizing contraband, and other special missions that may be assigned to you. U.S. Marshal Service is responsible for apprehending more than half of the federal fugitives.
Loss Prevention Agents  use investigative skills to apprehend criminals that shoplift.  Or, they investigate employees who steal merchandise or embezzle funds from corporations.