Criminal Justice FAQ

1.  What type of work would someone in the Criminal Justice field handle regularly?

The field of Criminal Justice is very diverse and encompasses areas including Policing, Corrections, the Court System, Private Security, Homeland Security, or working with Juveniles.  The possibilities are endless and the outcome typically is based on what someone is most interested in doing.  Everyone has a niche, what is yours?

The Criminal Justice program at Beckfield College is a program for people who want to “give back” or “make a difference” in our communities.  Many of our students have the desire to help or protect people and want to earn their degree to be qualified to accomplish that goal.

2.  Where does a Criminal Justice graduate work?

There are many different types of jobs in the field of criminal justice.  The level of degree required to work in some of these position varies from state to state.

With an Associate Degree (2 years) students are typically qualified for the following positions:

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Security
  • Court Worker
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Loss Prevention
  • Courthouse Security
  • TSA

With a Bachelor’s Degree (4 years) students are typically qualified for the following positions:

  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Case Worker
  • Detective
  • Corrections Officer
  • Cybercrime Investigator
  • Victim’s Advocate

3. Possible Employers in Criminal Justice include, but are not limited to:

  • Local and State Police Departments
  • Local and State Correctional Facilities
  • Security Companies
  • Private Investigation Firms
  • Retail Stores and Businesses
  • Banks
  • Law Firms
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Drug Rehab Centers
  • Courts

4.  How much training is required in the Criminal Justice field?

Typical training can range from 2 years to 4 years or longer.

Beckfield College offers an Associate Degree which typically is a 2 year program for full time students.   Beckfield College also offers a Bachelor’s program which typically takes an additional 2 years to complete when entering with an Associate Degree.

Upon completion of a degree level, there may be additional training required, depending upon specialty area chosen.  For example, a police officer will be sent to the Police Academy for training once they are hired on with a department.  This training is approximately 24 weeks.  Individuals working in Juvenile Corrections train for approximately 6 weeks after being hired.  Required trainings vary based on the position in the field.

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