A degree in the legal and criminal justice field can open doors to several careers and opportunities. Criminal justice jobs are both exciting and challenging. Being able to aid law enforcement or being part of the team in solving crimes and bringing criminals to justice not only feels rewarding, but it contributes a great thing to society. These jobs have been romanticized and popularized by television shows and movies which often accurately depict what one would encounter in those jobs. Crime scene technology and investigation allows one access to places where most may never be able to enter and experience.
Studying criminal action and behavior also adds challenges which make the job more interesting than a day-to-day desk job. However, legal jobs are also crucial to the field of justice. Paralegals and legal assistants aid attorneys in their work and perform a great deal of research and information gathering. When lawyers go to court or have important meetings and depositions, a paralegal will often aid in organization and collecting information and documents pertaining to cases. The work is indispensable, especially for extremely busy attorneys, and very rewarding.
Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.