Law Enforcement Career Options after Graduation

Have you wondered what you could do with your Justice Studies degree? There’s a path for everyone, and there may be interesting opportunities and experiences in store for you. With a career in law enforcement, you can protect others and learn more about the community around you. Take a look at the list of options for law enforcement careers and descriptions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and learn more about the path you would like to explore.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

As a probation officer or correctional treatment specialist, you’ll work with and monitor offenders to put a stop to additional misconduct and wrongdoings.

Private Detectives and Investigators

When working as a private detective or investigator, you will analyze and find new facts and information on legal, financial, and personal matters. Also be prepared to verify individuals’ backgrounds, trace missing citizens, examine computer corruption, and protecting public figures.

Correctional Officers

With a degree in justice studies, a career in law enforcement can lead to being a correctional officer. Taking on this profession includes being responsible for supervising individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial, or persons who have been condemned to serve time in jail, a reformatory, or prison.

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

Want to protect citizens and property against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity? Then a law enforcement career as a security guard or gaming surveillance officer is perfect for you. Monitor individuals, buildings and land in an effort to prevent future crimes.

Police and Detectives

Protect and serve the community around you with a law enforcement career as a police officer or detective. Often called agents or special agents, you’ll gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ tasks are dependent on the community size and type of organizations.

Homeland Security

There are various avenues to take with a law enforcement career in Homeland Security. You could begin in border patrol and further into your career be a government media relations worker.

Have you made a decision of which law enforcement career path to choose? If so, what path and why? Let us know in the comments below.

Kendall Bird

Kendall is a Social Media Strategist at Collegis Education who is focused on bringing awareness and engagement to Rasmussen College's social media properties. She is passionate about helping others, the power of education and building strategies that put the needs of students first. 


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