Minnesota Police Officer with K-9 Unit.

Careers in Criminal Justice

There are a wide variety of careers that graduates of the WSU Criminal Justice program can pursue. Entry-level opportunities within the criminal justice profession are quite diverse, and education and professional requirements vary from agency to agency, as well as from position to position. Explore the many careers in Law Enforcement and Corrections below. 

  • Police Officer/Deputy
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Canine Officer
  • SWAT team member
  • State Trooper
  • Crime Scene Tech.
  • Juvenile Officer
  • Supervisor
  • Fish & Wildlife Officer
  • Campus safety
  • Vice/undercover
  • Special victims unit
  • Railroad Police Officer
  • Airport Police Officer 
  • Correction Officer
  • Adult Probation
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Adult Parole
  • Community Corrections
  • Classification Officer
  • Detention Officer
  • Warden/supervisor
  • Case Manager
  • Housing Unit Manager
  • Special Operations
  • Absconder Unit
  • Treatment Specialist
  • Pre-Trial Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Court clerk
  • Legal Assistant/researcher
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense counsel
  • Diversion Officer 

Criminal justice professionals indicate that the most successful applicants are those with professionally related skills in addition to a solid criminal justice education.

Many federal, state, and local corrections and law enforcement agencies are seeking individual Spanish-speaking skills. Many agencies consider proficiency in one or more Asian languages useful. Others believe that substantive knowledge in the areas of accounting, computer science and chemical use assessment is of significance in hiring decisions of some agencies.