If you live in the state of New Mexico and want to start a career in the field of criminal justice, then you’ll be happy to know that the state has lots of opportunities just waiting to be taken advantage of by you!

Of course, before you can do that, you have to have a strong understanding of the field and all that it entails, of the exact job that you wish to possess in the field (there are hundreds!), and of the requirements, such as training or education, you will need to fulfill to make those career dreams a reality.

If you can do the research and carefully plan out the career of your dreams and what you’ll need to do to get there, then you’re ready for the next step, which is to enroll in school or other necessary training and to start working to reach your goals.

As mentioned earlier, New Mexico has no shortage of opportunities; it’s just a matter of taking a look at all of your options, comparing them to your goals, and then choosing the best possible path to meet your needs and goals.

Brookline College, located in Albuquerque, is one option, one that is particularly good for those looking to complete their educations online due to time, work, or other constraints. The school offers two online programs, one an associate’s degree in justice administration, and the other a bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice. As you’ll see, however, Brookline College isn’t the only one that offers options for online students.

Common educational choices for prospective New Mexico criminal justice employees include Carrington College, also located in Albuquerque, which offers an associate’s degree in paralegal studies; Central New Mexico Community College, also in Albuquerque, offering associate’s degree programs in both general criminal justice and EMT/Paramedic, as well as certificate of achievement programs in basic EMT, first responder EMT, intermediate EMT, and emergency room technician.

Clovis Community College, also located in Clovis, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice (offered online) and legal assistant; ITT Technical Institute, in Albuquerque, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice and information systems security (offered online).

Luna Community College, in Las Vegas, which has an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, as well as a certificate program in the same; Mesalands Community College, in Tucumcari, with an associate’s degree program in law enforcement; Navajo Technical College, in Crownpoint, with an associate’s degree in law advocate.

New Mexico Junior College, in Hobbs, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice (offered online), legal secretary, and paralegal studies, as well as certificate programs in corrections officer, medical technician, and law enforcement; New Mexico State University at Alamogordo, with associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and general criminal justice.

New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana Community College, located in Los Cruces, and offering associate’s degree programs in corrections, law enforcement, paralegal studies, and criminal justice; New Mexico State University at Grants, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a certificate program in corrections.

New Mexico State University, with locations in Carlsbad and Las Cruces, offering an associate’s, a bachelor’s, and a master’s degree in general criminal justice, with the master’s degree program available online; Northern New Mexico College, in Espanola, with an online associate’s degree program in police science and a traditional associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.

San Juan College, located in Farmington, and offering two associate’s degree programs, one in legal assistant and paralegal, and the other in police science, as well as offering a certificate in basic police academy.