As someone who is interested in possibly pursuing a career in the field of criminal justice in the state of Connecticut, you are likely curious about the types of classes you will have to take and what the general educational requirements are for a career in the field.

The most important thing for you to understand is that there is no one educational path that every person must take in order to work in the field. Quite the contrary, there are hundreds of different jobs within the field, and most will have their own different educational requirements.

As such, it is very important that you first choose the career you would like to have. The best way to do this is to first familiarize yourself with all of the different options available to you. Just to name a few—and really only a few—possible jobs within the field include paralegal, probation or parole officers, police officer or sheriff, bailiff, and criminal investigator.

The more career possibilities that you are familiar with, the more likely it is that you will find the one that you are best suited for. Once you’ve chosen a job or jobs that you are seriously interested in, take the time to learn about the educational requirements for that job.

When studying educational requirements, you must be realistic with yourself. Not everyone, for example, will be willing to take on a job that requires as much as seven years of study. Others, though they would be willing to commit to such extensive schooling, simply do not have the time or the resources to make it happen.

Honestly look at what you are willing and able to do to make your career goals a reality, and take this into careful and serious consideration as you choose an intended career.

In addition to thinking about the type of schooling you are willing to commit yourself to, also honestly assess whether or not you are well suited to the job at hand. Many jobs within the field are incredibly demanding and difficult, often causing workers to see and deal with dangerous or discouraging situations.

Almost all workers within the field will need to be healthy, mentally stable, and able to create distance between their jobs and their “real” lives. Also keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult or even impossible to have a career in the field if you have a serious criminal background yourself. Being realistic and grounded will help you to avoid disappointment and to make the smartest, most realistic choices about your career ambitions.

It is only after you have done all of this work and taken all of these factors into consideration that you should seriously start looking for and applying to colleges and/or training programs within the field. Always make sure that any college you apply to is accredited and that it offers the necessary coursework to enable you to succeed in the field and to excel at your job.