Planning a criminal justice career in a Federal Department of Justice organization

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Voted as one of the most enjoyable occupations in the country to work for in 2009, according to a survey conducted by Best Places to Work, the Federal Department of Justice offers numerous career opportunities for those who are seeking government work while engaged in a criminal justice program. Aside from the U.S. Postal Service, the federal government is the nation’s largest employer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that wages and salaries within the federal government are expected to rise 10 percent in the next seven years. An occupation within any federal branch may allow employees to receive partially subsidized health and life insurance options and a retirement plan which includes a pension. The average rate of pay for a position is $74,403. Federal employees may earn 13 days of vacation per year for their first three years of service and 20 days over the next 12 years. Workers are entitled to an additional 13 sick days as well.

The U.S. Department of Justice: Employees of the federal government are able to work in a wide variety of fields, from law to criminal investigation. Those who are currently engaged in a criminal justice master’s degree program or have recently graduated from college will be glad to know that a number of opportunities are available for those with this field.

Career opportunities: The opportunities to advance in a Department of Justice organization are numerous. For those who wish to work exclusively for the federal government, and not for a state or local facility, the field is broad and a number of fascinating opportunities await.

Federal Criminal Justice Careers

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): The FBI maintains security in a number of ways for the American people. This agency is dedicated to protecting the country from the threat of foreign and domestic terrorism and works closely with state and local authorities on a number of cases.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): The DEA offers a number of careers for students who are engaged in a criminal justice degree program to help reduce the flow of drugs coming into the country. Some jobs for this establishment include special agent, diversion investigator and intelligence research specialist. Field offices are located in all areas of the country.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): This unique branch of the federal government helps protect communities from illegal firearms and explosive trafficking and act of arson, bombings, terrorism and illegal tobacco and alcohol distribution.

Office of the Federal Detention Trustee: This office, established in 2001 by Congress in response to the growing concern of federal detention, helps provide a supporting role to a number of federal law enforcement agencies, as well as give support to state and local institutions.

U.S. National Central Bureau Interpol (USNCB): As a crucial component of the U.S. Department of Justice, the USNCB strives to serve the International Criminal Police Organization, which tracks criminals in 187 countries. The USNCB is co-managed by Homeland Security and coordinates with foreign authorities to catch criminals.

Bureau of Prisons (BOP): As a member of the BOP, employees will work with state and local prison authorities as well as for the federal prison branch. A number of positions are available under the BOP banner and potential candidates could work as correctional officers or wardens for any institution in all 50 states.

U.S. Marshals Service: The U.S. Marshals are the country’s oldest and most flexible of all law enforcement agencies. Candidates will help to police the 94 jurisdictions of the U.S. Marshals who, among other duties, help to find and transport dangerous fugitives.

U.S. Parole Commission (USPC): The USPC is responsible for the supervision of offenders and grants and may decide whether or not a federal offender is eligible for parole. The mission of this agency is to promote fairness and justice for the American people and the offenders it supervises.

National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC): As a member of the intelligence community, the NDIC provides drug-related intelligence, as well as computer exploitation, to the correct intelligence agencies.

Executive Office for Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces: This little known agency was created with one goal in mind: to crack down on organized crime’s drug distribution. This force deals with all aspects of attempting to minimize illegal drug trafficking.

Criminal Division: Those with a criminal justice degree who work in the government’s criminal division will aid the office of the Attorney General with prosecutions all over the country.

National Security Division (NSD): Work with the NSD entails the prevention of terrorism through the use of this division’s many sub-sectors including the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, the Counterterrorism and Counterespionage Sections and the new Law and Policy Office.