Get an inside look at different criminal justice jobs. This career spotlight page provides a realistic expectation of the day-to-day responsibilities of your chosen field. Each section describes the job’s work life, starting point, salary and future outlook.

Police Officer

Police officers apprehend criminal suspects and enforce laws in the community to prevent and penalize criminal activity.


Paralegals provide legal assistance to lawyers and are responsible for the day-to-day tasks and research for cases and clients outside of the courtroom.

Forensic Psychologist

Forensic psychologists analyze the psychological state-of-mind of criminals, suspects and witness for the justice system.


Firefighters respond to emergency calls to extinguish fires and provide medical attention.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMTs respond to regional emergency calls in an ambulance and provide life-saving care to patients on-scene and en route to a hospital.