Employment and job searching in the Justice Field
The Career Services Center at Kent State has many resources available to guide students through the process of selecting a career. Students can take advantage of SIGI PLUS Online!, a computer-based career guidance program, Career Counseling , and Collage, a Kent State to Career Portfolio. Another option is the 3 credit hour Career Exploration course that provides students with information on the career decision-making process and the tools necessary to explore and evaluate career options and experience career success. The Career Resource Library also provides numerous resources to help a student decide.
General Occupational Resources
The following sites provide assistance with career decisions. Students can consult these sites for researching the job market and learning what education is required for a specific career.
- Probation Officer
- Parole Officer
- Police Officer (City, County, or State levels)
- FBI Agent
- Security Guard
- U.S. Marshal
- Detention Counselor
- Administrative Assistant
- Victim Services provider
- Retail Loss Prevention
- Court Security Worker
- Correctional Officer
- Custodial Officer
- College Professor
A handout is available from the Sociology Department in 215 Merrill Hall on major job categories in criminal justice. Please consult your Criminology & Justice Studies adviser for help on career matters, preferably prior to your last year of coursework. It is never to soon to get career guidance. Check department bulletin boards every month for information, as positions become available on short notice, and the application period is usually short.
How can I find out what jobs are available in the field? How can I start my job search?
- Consult with your faculty adviser
- Pick up the handout on employment from the Department
- See the bulletin board outside of 215 Merrill Hall for the latest job announcements (check every couple of weeks)
- Attend Career Services Center job fairs
When should I start looking? What approach should I take?
- Studies show it takes up to a full year to find your first job after college. Do not wait until you are close to graduation to start the job search process.
- Consult the books on the market on careers in Criminal Justice (available from Barnes and Noble or Amazon). Also familiarize yourself with the Occupational Outlook Handbook, available on-line from the Department of Labor. It provides information on various jobs in the field and how much opportunity/growth there will be, as well as job search tips and the job market in each state. Dr. Philip Reichel’s web site on criminal justice careers is also worth a look.
- Use the KSU Career Services Center to help you develop a resume and learn about the various job fairs it hosts. Try their “Flash Forward” employment service.
- Networking via interaction with students and faculty, as well as completing an internship, are good ways to start. You should contact Professor David Kessler ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information on the CRJU internship class and program. Get involved in the Criminology & Justice Studies student club (LAE) or the honor society (APS). The "shotgun" approach of sending out or posting resumes en masse is not the way most people get jobs.
- Note that much of the criminal justice/juvenile justice field is decentralized, with most jobs on the local (city or county) level. State and Federal jobs are at a premium. You may wish to try Ohio’s Job Bank. Consult the State of Ohio employment web site for information for the latest openings at the state level.
- Consult the county (and city) employment agencies for county level positions.
- Stop by the Sociology Department office in 215 Merrill Hall to consult the bulletin board where we post job notices that we receive. Note that positions in the field open and close quickly, so you should check this board at least once or twice a month.
- Go to the U.S. Dept. of Justice Careers website to review their employment information.
- If you are an alumnus/a, and having trouble finding a job, it is not too late to do an internship. You can come back to KSU as a Post-undergraduate and do an internship to get some field experience. See the Admissions office page. Here is the Internship manual for JUS 46792.
- Careers in the field include positions in Corrections, Law Enforcement, Education, Counseling, Law, Research, Security, and the Military.
- KSU also offers a Police Academy certified by OPOTC. You can find more information about it at Kent State Police Academy.