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A degree in Criminal Justice can be a good beginning in seeking employment in the field of Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice generally includes law enforcement, courts and corrections. Work in law enforcement can include sworn* positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, inspector, investigator, state agent, or special agent. It can also include civilian positions such as public service aid, community service officer, parking enforcement officer, or working in police communications as a dispatcher or complaint taker or working in police records. Crime Scene positions are also part of law enforcement, including criminalist, forensic specialist, crime scene technician, identification technician, forensic technologist, and forensic photographer. Code enforcement is another field within law enforcement. Work in the courts can include becoming an attorney, court investigator, deputy clerk, process server, or Bail bond agent. Work in corrections can include both sworn and civilian positions such as detention deputy, corrections officer, probation officer, parole officer, and classification specialist. Criminal Justice can include private security, private investigations, loss prevention, and homeland security. Juvenile Justice positions include detention officer, corrections officer, and probation officer.

Please note, however, that some of these employment opportunities do require additional academic degrees such as a Bachelors Degree or higher.

*Regardless of any degree work completed, in order to be a sworn law enforcement officer, corrections officer, or probation officer in the state of Florida, you must successfully complete a state mandated training academy such as those offered by Hillsborough Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute.



Employment in certain law enforcement positions requires attendance and successful completion of a training academy program. This is separate and apart from obtaining a college degree in criminal justice. To be a police officer requires the completion of a law enforcement academy; to be a corrections officer or jail deputy requires the completion of a corrections academy; to be a probation officer requires the completion of a probation academy. In addition, various other positions require academy training including juvenile justice. In the case of police officers, students usually attend the academy on their own and then seek employment, although some agencies do on occasion sponsor trainees. For all other positions – corrections, probation, and juvenile justice - persons are hired by an agency and sent through the academy. Hillsborough Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute offers police, corrections, probation, and juvenile justice academy training.