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Career Opportunities

Many career possibilities exist for graduates of the Administration of Justice program at Penn State Schuylkill, including:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshal's Office
  • U.S. Immigration Office
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Sheriff departments
  • Municipal and state police departments
  • Security and loss prevention programs
  • Private security firms
  • Border and highway patrol
  • Prison security
  • Court administration
  • Legal aid/paralegal
  • Delinquency prevention programs
  • Juvenile court personnel
  • Youth shelters and other juvenile residential institutions
  • Probation and parole offices

Graduates are also qualified to apply for jobs in shelters for abused women and children, rape crisis centers, drug and alcohol programs, jails and prisons, halfway houses, and a wide variety of crime prevention and diversion programs.

Advanced Study

Through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of problems of crime and society, the University College Administration of Justice program aims to equip students to pursue graduate study in legal studies, administration of justice, or public administration.

Internships

The Administration of Justice internship program provides opportunities for students to obtain practical, on-the-job experience while earning academic credit. Provided in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, internships afford invaluable real-world experiences and help students develop professional expertise. Students could possibly intern with the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, local boroughs, and probation and parole offices of surrounding counties. The internship is considered to be an important part of a student's academic experience. Therefore, all students are encouraged to complete an internship during their senior year, but to begin preparation upon admission into the Administration of Justice program. Participation in the internship program requires completion of 60 credits, a 2.67 grade-point average, completion of core course work, and permission of the Internship Coordinator. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Internship Coordinator.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in all career fields within Administration of Justice through the year 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates interested in opportunities at the federal and state level will face the most competition, while less competition is forecast for jobs in local or special departments and in urban areas. According to the 2003 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment opportunities for parole, probation, and correction officers are expected to see the highest increase.

 

AOJ Brochure

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