If you live in the state of Ohio and are seriously considering a career in criminal justice, then you should know that, no matter what you choose to do within the field, you have quite the long road ahead of you. This fact, however, should not be at all discouraging, if you are willing to put in the work of course.

The criminal justice field in the state is a broad field full of opportunities and possibilities. There are literally hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of jobs you can work with a background in criminal justice.

Of course, criminal justice isn’t the right field for everyone, and it is strongly suggested, long before you even think about enrolling in formal schooling or other training, that you sit down and honestly assess your reasons for going into the field and whether or not you are truly suited to criminal justice.

If you honestly feel that you are, then you can start researching different jobs in the field to find the one that is right for you. When you find a job that you think you wish to pursue, make sure you also take the time to research the educational and other requirements for obtaining that job.

If they seem realistic for you, and you’re willing to put in the work, then your next step is simply to complete the necessary training and/or education to make your career dreams come true!

The good news for Ohio residents is that the state is chock full of opportunities for those seriously wishing to pursue careers in the field. Colleges, universities, and other training programs abound. In fact, thanks to online schools, you can get your education without ever leaving your computer!

Popular online options for Ohio residents include Bowling Green State University, which officers an online master’s degree in criminal justice; Bryant and Stratton College, which offers a paralegal studies certificate; DeVry University, which offers a bachelor’s degree in computer forensics; and Tiffin University, which has a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as master’s degree programs in homeland security, criminal behavior, and justice administration.

Of course, those who are seeking out more traditional options will still have their fair share of choices as well. Popular educational opportunities in the field chosen by Ohio residents include the Academy of Court Reporting, with locations in both Columbus and Cleveland, which offers an associate’s degree in court reporting, as well as certificate programs in court reporting, legal assistant/secretary, and paralegal.

The Apollo Career Center, in Lima, with certificate programs in law enforcement and public safety; Ashland University, located in Ashland, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice and forensic chemistry; Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, with a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Beckfield College, in Springdale, offering associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies, paralegal, and criminal justice, as well as bachelor’s degrees in the same; Belmont Technical College, in Saint Clairsville, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice technology and cyber security and computer forensics, as well as a certificate program in cyber security.

Bluffton University, in Bluffton, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Bohecker College, in Ravenna, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Bowling Green State University at Firelands, in Huron, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree program in the same; Bradford School, located in Columbus, and offering an associate’s degree in legal office assistant and certificate programs in legal office assistant and paralegal.

Brown Mackie College, with locations in both Canton and Findlay, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal, as well as diplomas in assistant paralegal and criminal justice; Buckeye Hills Career Center, in Rio Grande, with certificate programs in basic peace officer training, corrections officer, and public safety.

Buckeye Joint Vocational School, in New Philadelphia, with a certificate program in Ohio peace officer training; Butler Tech, in Hamilton, with certificate programs in basic police academy and law enforcement institute, as well as a tech prep program in criminal justice; and the Carnegie Institute of Integrative Medicine and Massotherapy, in Suffield, with a certificate in crime scene investigation.