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Criminology and Criminal Justice Careers

Criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) typically brings to mind three major career types: law enforcement, courts and corrections. While many CCJ students go on to work in these careers, large numbers go on to work in other careers within the broad CCJ field.

CCJ careers fall into one or more of the following broad categories:

  • The making & enforcement of the law
  • Preventing or reducing crime
  • Monitoring the behavior of people or organizations that make or enforce the law
  • Helping address the harms caused by crime and/or efforts to control it
  • Assessing what causes crime, developing approaches to reduce it, and measuring the effectiveness of crime prevention/control approaches

Because this list encompasses so many different career paths, the CCJ faculty encourage students to take time to explore the many possibilities during their time in the program.  

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CCJ regularly receives job announcements and recruitment inquiries from a variety of different kinds of agencies and employers. These announcements are posted on CCJ's Facebook page so watch here for employers seeking PSU CCJ students and alumni. PSU also provides a variety of career services for students and alumni, including position postings, job search resources, and resume assistance.

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