If you live in the state of Nevada and are interested in possibly pursuing a career in criminal justice, then you probably have quite a few questions. The most common question prospective criminal justice professionals have, however, is about getting started in the field.

Criminal justice is such a vast field with so many different career possibilities that it can feel quite overwhelming to enter into it or even to learn how to enter into it. It’s actually, however, a lot simpler than most people think! Your first step should always be research.

You’ll want to research the field in general to familiarize yourself with the goals and purposes of criminal justice, as well as all of the different jobs the field encompasses. Make sure that you take note of jobs that interest you and that you spend some time researching all that those jobs entail and what the necessary educational and training requirements are for them.

When you find a job that you realistically think you can pursue and that you are fully interested in and committed to, the next step is simply to complete the required training or education required for your desired position.

Fortunately, no matter what you want to do, you won’t have to go far to find the necessary training! Nevada is full of wonderful educational and training opportunities for prospective criminal justice employees. Online and traditional colleges, universities, and training programs offer several options to help you complete your career’s requirements in a way that is convenient for you.

Just make sure that any school or other institution you choose is accredited and legitimate, so that you can avoid wasting time, money, and your effort in the process. Just as you researched careers in the field to find the one that is right for you, dedicate yourself to researching educational institutions for the same purpose.

Common educational paths taken by prospective criminal justice professionals in the state of Nevada include attending Career College of Northern Nevada, located in Sparks, which offers an associate’s degree program in paralegal; Carrington College, in Las Vegas, which offers a similar associate’s degree program in paralegal studies.

College of Southern Nevada, also in Las Vegas, offering associate’s degree programs in correctional, hotel and industry security, juvenile justice, law enforcement, law enforcement training academy, paralegal, criminal justice, emergency management information, as well as certificate programs in legal support specialist, paralegal, criminal justice (also offered online), law enforcement training academy, and public safety communication.

Everest College, in Henderson, offering associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and general criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; Great Basin College, in Elko, with associate’s degree programs in corrections, human services, and law enforcement.

ITT Technical Institute, in Henderson, with an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Kaplan College, in Las Vegas, which offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice; Nevada State College, in Henderson, with bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement; Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, offering associate’s degree programs in corrections and probation, investigations, juvenile justice, military occupations, and paralegal.

University of Nevada Las-Vegas, located in Las Vegas, which has a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as two master’s degree programs in the same; and the University of Phoenix, located in Henderson, and offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and institutionalized healthcare, criminal justice administration and management (also offered online), criminal justice administration (also offered online), and organizational security management, and also a master’s degree program in administration of justice and security.