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Criminal Justice Careers

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Criminal Justice Department Career Guide

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

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.

 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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

U.S. Marshalls

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.

Customs / Border Patrol

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.

Secret Service

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.

 

State Court Interpreter

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.

 

State Court Clerkships / Fellowships

Salary

  • Varies depending on program

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State Court Assistants

Salary

  • Varies depending on position

General Requirements

  • Exams required

For exam schedule and additional information: Click Here.

New York State Government

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.

 

New York State Police

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.

New York State Probation

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:

New York State Corrections

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.

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County Sheriff Officer

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

Federal Probation

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.

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