Criminal Justice Careers

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Criminal Justice Department Career Guide

You may also explore criminal justice careers through the following resources, developed by Dr. Elizabeth Brown.  The estimates and requirements may vary by position, state, or year, so it is important to also do your own research.  Additional career opportunities can be found by talking to the faculty, career services, or people employed in those fields.

Salary Estimates

  • $50,374 - Starting salary (during Academy training)
  • $61,525 - Upon graduation from the Academy
  • $65,358 - After one year
  • $77,218 - After five years
  • Additional benefits.

General Requirements

  • Between ages 20 and 30.
  • Physical fitness, height and weight restrictions.
  • GED/High school diploma.
  • 60 hours of college credit.
  • New York State resident and have valid Driver’s License.
  • No color blindness.

Training

  • Twenty-six week training at State Police Academy.

Check online to see when exams might be offered. For more information click here.

Salary Estimates

  • Generally, between $30,000 and $50,000.
  • Average of $40,000.

General Requirements

  • Civil Service Exam
  • Graduate Degree in any number of Social Sciences or
  • Bachelor’s Degree and two years of relevant work experience.
  • At least 21 years old (usually younger than 37)

Training

  • Two week classroom training during first six months.
  • Training as a “peace officer.”
  • They provide and encourage additional specialized training.

For local information:

Salary

  • Generally, between $25,000 and $45,000 (depending on experience, and seniority).
  • Overtime can add to salary.
  • Average of $35,000.

General Requirements

  • At least 18 or 21 years old (depending on jurisdiction).
  • No felony convictions.
  • High School diploma.
  • Two years of work experience (preferred).
  • College degree will help with promotions.

Training

  • On-site training will be involved.

For more information: Click Here.  

Salary

  • $35,000 to $70,000 (varying widely by seniority and overtime)

General Requirements

  • At least 20 years old.
  • Exam must be taken.
  • Formal interviews.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.

Training

  • 22 weeks of basic police training
  • 12 weeks of additional field training.
  • 18 month probationary period

For information on Niagara County: Click Here

Salary

  • Starting in the $45,000 range.

General Requirements

  • Between 21 and 37 years old.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.
  • Language experience a plus.
  • Some criminal justice background encouraged.
  • But, social work/psychology and related fields apply.

For most federal jobs: Click Here.

Salary

  • $50,000 to $100,000.

General Requirements

  • Three years work experience or law or accounting degrees
  • Fluency in foreign language.
  • Being 20 years to 37 years old.
  • College degree required.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.

Training

  • 16 week on-site training at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.

For information on FBI careers: Click Here.

 

Salary

  • $40,000 to $50,000.

General Requirements

  • College graduate with minimum 2.95 GPA.
  • One year of investigations work experience or at least one year of graduate school.
  • Being 20 years to 37 years old.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.

Training

  • 14 weeks on-site training at FBI academy in Virginia.

 For information on DEA careers: Click Here.

http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/job_applicants.html

Salary

  • $40,000 to $50,000.

General Requirements

  • College graduate with minimum 2.95 GPA.
  • Being 20 years to 37 years old.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.

For information on US Marshals: Click Here.

Salary

  • $40,000 to $50,000.

General Requirements

  • Reasoning and language skills exam.
  • Current drivers license.
  • Work experience and/or education.
  • Being 20 years to 37 years old.
  • College degree required.
  • Basic physical fitness requirements.
  • Drug test.
  • Background check.

For information: Click Here.

Salary

  • $40,000 to $50,000
  • Bonus pay for special skills including foreign languages.

General Requirements

  • Three years relevant work experience or four year degree.
  • Writing tests.
  • Extensive background tests.

Training

  • 10 week training in Georgia
  • 17 weeks of additional training.

For information: Click Here.

 

Salary

  • $250 per day on a per day basis

General Requirements

  • Foreign language or sign language skills
  • Written, multiple choice exams

For more information: Click Here.

 

Salary

  • Varies depending on program

For information: Click Here.

Salary

  • Varies depending on position

General Requirements

  • Exams required

For exam schedule and additional information: Click Here.

Internships leading to possible job opportunities

New York State Government has a wide variety of internship positions available that can lead into a civil service job in state government.

For the wide variety of options: Click Here.

 

NU Graduate Program - Criminal Justice Administration

Career Contacts

The following faculty, alumni, and staff have volunteered to speak with students about possible careers. To volunteer or update your contact information, Contact Us.

  • Sarah Ludwig Escolas (Alumna, 2005) - sarah@escolaslaw.com
           Attorney, The Law Office of Sarah Escolas
           Law degree from New England Law