There is substantial need for individuals to work in the law and criminal justice field--FBI, local law enforcement, private investigations, U.S. customs, homeland security, forensics, public safety, and substance abuse counseling. Criminal justice also includes prosecutors, trial and defense attorneys, court attendants, judges, and prison supervisors. Most positions require at least a bachelor's degree in some aspect of law and criminal justice and for some, additional education is required.
Law and Criminal Justice Career Training
Career training is available through online educational opportunities, which offer the flexibility to study at your own pace and still hold down a job. Depending on your field of study, courses can include crime scene investigation and forensic psychology; civil rights and suspect rights; modern penal codes and interpretation; computers and financial data; and scientific method. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for detectives and criminal investigators in 2007 were $59,930 with first-line supervisors and managers earning closer to $74,000.