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Criminal Justice Employment
Through campus events, online resources, and career planning advising, the Department of Criminal Justice helps students who are planning for a criminal justice career or who are planning to pursue graduate education in criminal justice.
On October 7, 2015, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the Radford University Career Services and Community Engagement Office, and the Department of Criminal Justice hosted the Criminal Justice Networking Invitaitonal. Thirty-five federal, state, regional, and local law enforcement agencies, offering internships, jobs, and career advice, were on campus to talk with interested students. Approximately 150 students took advantage of the opportunity to have so many agencies on campus in a single location to apply for jobs, internships, and network.
On September 30, 2015, the Radford University Department of Criminal Justice hosted a presentation on the process of obtaining employment in the field of criminal justice. Criminal justice hiring processes are unlike any other hiring processes so presenters provided insight on obtaining careers with federal, state, and local agencies.
- Special Agent Brian Corcoran, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
- Mr. Eric Snow, Radford University Department of Criminal Justice and former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Investigator
- Captain Brad St. Clair, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
- Mr. Ben Wright, Radford University Department of Criminal Justice and former Virginia Department of Corrections Warden.
On October 22, 2014, the Department of Criminal Justice offered a seminar titled "The Criminal Justice Employment Process," focused on providing guidance and advice to students pursuing a career in law enforcement. Represented were the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Radford City Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Lambda Alpha Epsilon and the Radford University Career Services and Community Engagement Office hosted the Criminal Justice and Nonprofit Career Fair on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Federal, regional, and local law enforcement agencies, offering internships, jobs, and career advice, were on campus to talk with interested students. This event provided an excellent opportunity to network with criminal justice agencies and practitioners. Stay tuned for information about future criminal justice career fairs!
Radford University Resources
- What Can I Do with a Major in Criminal Justice? (and employment suggestions) (pdf)
- Criminal Justice Career Advising Checklist (pdf)
- Radford University Career Services
Handouts from Criminal Justice Career Planning Seminar:
- Becoming a Lawyer or Paralegal (pdf)
- Careers in Adult Corrections (pdf)
- Federal Agency Employment for Non-Law Enforcement Jobs (pdf)
- Law Enforcement Career Tips (pdf)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CAREER INFORMATION:
Criminal Justice Career Profiles – a career and job search guide that is not specific to criminal justice but provides a variety of information regarding job searches and preparation
Criminal Justice Degree Information – provides a variety of information regarding criminal justice careers such as educational requirements, job duties, and salary information
Criminal Justice Careers – provides comprehensive information about careers in the criminal justice field such as job duties and requirements, courses of study, and links to specific agencies
Criminal Justice Blog - information on the best criminal justice careers, jobs, and law enforcement training. Each position has a criminal justice job related description, along with salary information for various disciplines.
Discover Criminal Justice Job Link – a compilation of over 100 criminal justice job resources to assist you in narrowing your job search
Criminal Justice Degree / Career Information – a collection of information about careers for recent criminal justice graduates.
Criminal Justice Degree Hub – recommended for students just beginning study in criminal justice. Provides information about different courses of study related to student interest and career aspirations
Criminal Justice Programs – provides basic information about various career paths that an individual may take with a criminal justice degree.
Criminal Justice Career Center – provides information regarding finding careers in criminal justice, career tips, and a criminal justice career planning guide
Criminal Justice Job Help – provides career tips and links to specific criminal justice jobs based upon locality. Also provides links to various career search and preparation web sites
Job Search Engines:
Indeed - Criminal Justice – a job searched engine with a focused search on criminal justice jobs
Monster - Criminal Justice - a job searched engine with a focused search on criminal justice jobs
Career Builder - Criminal Justice - a job searched engine with a focused search on criminal justice jobs
CareerJet - Criminal Justice - a job searched engine with a focused search on criminal justice jobs
career planning websites:
CJ Career Info - recommended for students beginning their study of criminal justice; includes career information, types of criminal justice degrees, and tips regarding specific career paths in criminal justice
CJ Directory – a guide to criminal justice degrees, careers, guides and job searches
Criminal Justice Profiles – a guide to criminal justice careers, search guides and specific job searches in the criminal justice field
CareerOneStop – a general career resource center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Contains information regarding career preparation such as resumes and application guides as well as job searches.
general occupational information:
O*NET - a tool for career exploration and job analysis; has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – an official site of the U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Provides job forecasting information for a variety of career fields
American Criminal Justice Association – official site of the American Criminal Justice Association
American Society of Criminology – official site of the American Society of Criminology. Contains job search information for criminal justice jobs in the area of higher education
International Association of Crime Analysts – official site of the International Association of Crime Analysis
National Criminal Justice Association – official site of the National Criminal Justice Association
American Academy of Forensic Sciences - official site of the American Academy of Forensic Science
American Board of Criminalistics (Forensic Science) - official site of the American Board of Criminalists primarily focused on forensic sciences
DiscoverPolicing.org - a website by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Bureau of Justice Assistance, focusing on information about police professions
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (Employment and Links) – official site for the CALEA accreditation program. Also includes career information and job searches
International Association of Crime Analysts – official site of the International Association of Crime Analysts
International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training – official site of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
Official Directory of State Patrol & State Police – directory of state police agencies
Jobs4Police – site offers assistance for completion of law enforcement entry exams
Police Jobs - a comprehensive database that provides police job listings from local newspapers, periodicals and city sites.
Police Employment – a job search engine specifically designed for those seeking police jobs
USACops - a job search engine specifically designed for those seeking law enforcement jobs
911 HotJobs – a job search engine for first responder jobs to include police and lawenforcement
PoliceOne - nationwide database of jobs primarily in law enforcement, but also in some other areas of criminal justice
GoLawEnforcement.com – site features posting of law enforcement jobs as well as career preparation for law enforcement careers
American Bar Association Career Corner – official site of the American Bar Association
Counsel.net – provides job information for individuals enteral the legal field
FindLaw – provides information regarding careers in the legal field
Internet Legal Research Group – preferred for students entering law school. Provides career information, LSAT preparation, and tips for applying to law school
LawJobs - a job search engine for those entering a law profession
Legal Employment – a job search engine for those entering a law profession
National Association for Law Placement – official site of the National Association for Law Placement
National Bar Association – official site of the National Bar Association
National Federation of Paralegal Associations – official site of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations
National Center for State Courts – official site for the National Center for State Courts
American Correctional Association – official site for the American Correctional Association
American Jail Association – official site for the American Jail Association
Corrections Connection - provides information regarding the field of corrections as well as job postings
Federal Bureau of Prisons – official site for the Federal Bureau of Prisons
National Institute of Corrections – official site for the National Institute of Corrections
CorrectionsOne - nationwide database of jobs primarily in corrections
FedJobs - search engine directed toward jobs in the federal government
USA Jobs (for federal government employment, including jobs, information for recent graduates, paid internships, and unpaid internships)
Federal Government Jobs – provides a listing of federal agencies and their personnel sites
Federal Job Search – search engine directed toward jobs in the federal government
Federal Jobs Net - search engine directed toward jobs in the federal government
Government Departments and Agencies – A-Z listing of U.S. government departments and agencies
U.S. Department of Justice - official site of the U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation – official site of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency - official site of the Central Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency – official site of the National Security Agency / Central Security Service
ATF Careers – official site of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
US Postal Inspector Careers – official site of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service
state and local:
Govtjobs.com – provides a listing of state and local government jobs
GovSpot – provides search information for state job listings
International City/County Management Association – official site of the International City/County Management Association. Offers job listings for local government.
Local Government Institute – official site of the Local Government Institute. Provides job listing for local governments
continuing your education:
Law School Admission Council - Information about the LSAT and law school)
Directory of Criminal Justice Programs, by Level, Location, and Specialty -maintained by Discover Criminal Justice