Career Opportunities

The criminal justice field is rapidly expanding and in need of educated, qualified professionals. A primary goal of the program is to adequately prepare students for criminal justice employment. The job market for CJ positions is probably the best it has been since the late 1960's when federal LEAA funds were readily available. Following is a brief summary of potential job opportunities in the CJ field.

For a specific job outlook, please go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor. You can search for various career opportunities, descriptions, training requirements and education.

These links below give you links to resources for employment and internships.

Law Enforcement Links

 Drug Enforcement Administration
 Federal Bureau of Investigation
 U.S. Marshal
 U.S. Postal Inspector
 US Capitol Police
 US Department of Interior
 US Department of Justice
 Attorney General's Office
 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
 Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
 Iowa Department of Justice
 Iowa Department of Public Safety
 Iowa Department of Transportation
 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
 Iowa DNR Law Enforcement
 Iowa Law Enforcement Academy
 Iowa State Patrol
 Newton Correctional Facility
 Polk County Juvenile Court
 State Fire Marshal
 West Des Moines Police Department
 Des Moines Police Department
 Urbandale Police Department
 Johnston Police Department
 Altoona Police Department
 Ankeny Police Department
 Polk City Police Department
 Ames Police Department
 Boone Police Department
 Newton Police Department
 Polk County Sheriff's Office
 Dallas County Sheriff's Office
 Story County Sheriff's Office
 Warren County Sheriff's Office
 Polk County Conservation Board
 Adair County Sheriff's Department
 Adel Police Department
 Baxter Police Department
 Carlisle Police Department
 Carroll County Sheriff's Department
 Carroll Police Department
 Cass County Sheriff's Department
 Clive Police Department
 Colfax Police Department
 Dallas Center Police Department
 Granger Police Department
 Greene County Sheriff's Department
 Guthrie County Sheriff's Department
 Huxley Police Department
 Indianola Police Department
 Jasper County Sheriff's Department
 Jewell Police Department
 Knoxville Police Department
 Madison County Sheriff's Department
 Madrid Police Department
 Marion County Sheriff's Department
 Marshalltown Police Department
 Marshall County Sheriff's Department
 Mitchellville Police Department
 Monroe Police Department
 Nevada Police Department
 Norwalk Police Department
 Pella Police Department
 Perry Police Department
 Pleasant Hill Police Department
 Pleasantville Police Department
 Pocahontas County Sheriff's Department
 Polk County Attorney's Office
 Polk County Youth Services
 Prairie City Police Department
 Sac County Sheriff's Department
 Story City Police Department
 Van Meter Police Department
 Waukee Police Department
 Warren County Sheriff's Department
 Winterset Police Department
 Windsor Heights Police Department
 Woodward Police Department
 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Police
 Iowa DOT Enforcement
 Iowa State University Police Department
 PoliceOne
 Polk County Attorney's Office
 Polk County Conservation
 Union Pacific Special Agents
 University of Iowa Police Department
 University of Northern Iowa Police Department

Corrections

 Iowa Department of Corrections
 Southern District of IA U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services
 U.S. Bureau of Prisons
 U.S. Courts - Probation/Parole
 1st Judicial District
 2nd Judicial District (Ames)
 3rd Judicial District
 4th Judicial District
 5th Judicial District
 6th Judicial District
 7th Judicial District
 8th Judicial District

Homeland Security

 Iowa Office of Homeland Security
 U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Electronic Crime

Other Agencies

 Army Corps of Engineers
 Crime Victim Assistance Division
 Iowa Courts
 Iowa Department of Human Services
 Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner
 Polk County Medical Examiner

​Employment in the criminal justice field is highly dependent upon one's character and background. Students who have a criminal history may complete the program of study, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the criminal justice field, and students with a criminal history may NOT be eligible for an internship, which is required for the AAS degree.