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Getting involved in a professional organization is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field and further your career through a variety of professional development opportunities. Professional organizations exist in nearly every profession or area of interest and many have options to join national, state, and/or regional chapters. While each organization is unique in its focus, they generally share a common goal of advancing their field by offering growth opportunities like the ones below: 

Academy of Criminal Justice 

National Homeland Security Organization

National Emergency Management Association

National Organization for Victim Assistance

Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in criminal justice degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.

Social and Criminal Justice Job Search Resources:

Locating Social & Criminal Justice Job Opportunities:


Professional Organizations:

Popular Career Titles:

  • Explore popular career titles & descriptions within Social and Criminal Just

Preparing for the Application Process

  • Learn about how you can begin to prepare for the application process

Interviewing for In-Field Opportunities: 

  • Learn more about interviewing within the field + interview tips! 

Preparing for the Application Process

Learn about how you can begin to prepare for the application process. 

​​Resources for Exploring Criminal Justice Roles: 

When exploring careers, it’s important to understand that different geographic locations have different opportunities and demands. If your chosen career title isn’t available within your area, consider whether or not relocation is an option for you. If relocation isn’t an option, be sure to continue looking through these available careers to identify more roles that interest you. 

Popular Career Titles and Descriptions:  See popular career titles within the field of Social and Criminal Justice. 

What Can I Do With My Major? - Criminal Justice:  Explore careers within the Criminal Justice field utilizing this popular website.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Careers:  Explore careers with Department of Justice.

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Career Profiles:  Explore careers within Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Within this resource, you will find many career options within the field of Criminology, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections.

Additional Criminal Justice Roles:  Learn about 3 additional roles that you can pursue with your Criminal Justice degree. 

Locating available jobs within your area can sometimes be tricky. While it would be nice if you could just use one job board, the truth is you’ll need to look through many different websites to keep up on current available jobs. Here are some job boards to begin your search. Indeed is a comprehensive job board that showcase many available jobs across the country. It is not exclusive for Criminal Justice, but it is a great place to find roles within the field. Try a variation of different keywords to find different opportunities. USAJobs is a great play to find open government roles. 

DEA Careers: This site is specific to roles within the US Drug Enforcement Administration. 

DHS.Gov: This website is specific for roles within Homeland Security. 

US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement: This website is specific for roles within immigrations and customs enforcement (ICE). 

DOJ Careers: This website is specific for roles within the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

​​Police Employment: offers a comprehensive database of job listings and links to police job openings at the federal, state, county and city levels. They also list private security, campus and even international law enforcement positions.

Social and Criminal Justice


Within the field of Social and Criminal Justice, there is a wide range of career options. Throughout your program, you will be exposed to many different areas within the industry and will learn valuable knowledge that will contribute to your professional growth. 

Whether you know exactly what you would like to do with your degree or you are still currently exploring, this resource will identify some of the careers that are available within the field of criminal justice, walk you through the steps of identifying and locating opportunities within your geographic location, and prepare you for submitting applications, getting through background checks, and interviewing to land the job. 

Interviewing for In-Field Opportunities

Learn more about interviewing within the field + interview tips! 

Go Government:

  • This site is designed to be your guide as you consider, apply, and secure federal employment.

AU Connect:

  • Once you are a graduate, join AU Connect to network with fellow alum in your field! 

Department of Justice:

  • This site holds a lot of information about the DOJ. Use it to stay up to date on current news/events

A job search within the field of Criminal Justice is much different than the traditional job search. The interview process often looks different and lengthier than candidates are typically used to, but having a solid understanding of the process up front can help make the process easier. Utilize the pages below to learn tips on preparing for the application process and interviewing within this field. ​​