If you’ve spent any time at all researching the criminal justice field, then you probably already know that there are literally hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of jobs that fall within this very broad category. Each of these jobs will have its own very specific educational and/or training requirements in order to qualify.
If you are thinking of entering the criminal justice field, it is important that, before you do anything, you have a clear idea of what you wish to do and what it will take on your part to make that happen.
While we can’t list out every job in the criminal justice field for you, we can talk about three of the most popular options within the state of North Dakota. While one of these jobs may be right for you, don’t worry if you can’t find your dream job on the list.
If you can’t, then it’s up to you to continue researching the field and all of its many possibilities to find what is right for you. With that said, however, let’s take a look at the jobs most commonly worked by North Dakota’s many criminal justice professionals.
1.Police Officers: As in many other states, police officers are one of the most commonly seen criminal justice professionals in the state. Police officers work to protect the counties and cities in which they live and have the power to arrest criminals and put them behind bars.
Police officers, who enjoy a slightly above average salary, must complete extensive training, including intensive psychological, background, and health testing in order to work in the field. Once in, however, they enjoy excellent job security, great benefits, and ample opportunities for moving up in the field and progressing to better and better positions with higher salaries and more prestige.
2. Victim Advocates: Victim advocates are also common in the state. These professionals work to help those who have been negatively affected or impacted by crime. They help them to understand their rights and options for taking action against or being protected from their aggressors.
Some victim advocates will speak in court for the victim or will help the victim to seek out counseling or other help after the crime has occurred. Some victim advocates specialize in certain types of cases and situations, such as helping rape victims or domestic violence victims exclusively, while others work in all different areas of victim advocacy.
3. Security Guards: One of the simpler and easier to obtain criminal justice jobs in North Dakota is the position of security guard. A security guard is someone who provides safety or, as the name implies, security to a particular place and to the people who frequent it.
Security guards might work for one particular person or group, or they might work for a larger organization, such as a college or university, a large store, or even a library or other public place. Security guards require minimal training and thorough background checking, and they enjoy average salaries and lots of opportunities for work.
So, there you have it, the three most common ways in which criminal justice professionals are employed in the state of North Dakota. Remember, however, that these three careers are not meant to be limiting. In fact, each opens the door to more and more options and possibilities within the field.
Criminal justice professionals can be private or police investigators, members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), or even members of the secret service.