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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The field of criminology/criminal justice is extremely diverse.  There are job opportunities in law enforcement, the judicial system, the legislature, institutional and community-based corrections, and victim services.  Opportunities in each of these areas are available at every level of government (federal, state, county, city), as well as in the private sector.  There are also research opportunities within NGOs and universities, and of course university teaching prospects.  Many use criminal justice as a stepping-stone to move into related fields such as law, the foreign service and the military.

The books listed below provide detailed information regarding job opportunities in the field of criminal justice, as well as advice on how to prepare for entry-level positions and promotions.  These works are highly recommend for all who wish to pursue a career, and make contributions of significance, in this field.

For more information regarding careers in this field, contact our UNL Criminology/Criminal Justice Career Advisor, Chris Eskridge (; 913-636-3321).

Careers in Criminal Justice and Related Fields, by Harr and Hess

Careers in Criminal Justice, by Johnston

Careers in Criminal Justice, by Stephens