Monday February 12, 2007

Criminal Justice Not Just for Cops

UD criminal justice graduates have been employed by more than 40 local, state and federal agencies, some of which will be at UD during a free, public job fair Feb. 23.

Most people think UD graduate Jessica Carter-Salyers wanted to be a police officer because she majored in criminal justice studies.

"It's frustrating because not everybody wants to be a cop," Carter-Salyers said before she took a job as an organizational psychologist in the U.S. Air Force after graduating last May. "People don't understand that there is more to criminal justice studies than police work."

Police work and other examples of what the criminal justice field can offer will be on display during the UD criminal justice studies program job fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on the fourth floor of the College Park Center at 1529 Brown St. Representatives from local, regional and federal agencies will be available to offer information.

It is free and open to the public. A free parking pass is required and available at the visitors' center on the UD circle off of Brown Street.

An increasing number of criminal justice majors are combining interests to take higher-paying, less-stressful law enforcement jobs. Tim Apolito, who heads the UD program's career services efforts, said only 25 percent of UD's criminal justice majors become police officers.

UD criminal justice graduates have been employed by more than 40 local, state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Postal Service, county coroner offices and the Food and Drug Administration.

Other criminal justice majors at UD have double majors giving them even more flexibility in career choices. For instance, an accounting major can work in the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement division, a zoology major can work with the U.S. Department of Interior, or a marketing major can work in corporate security management or the insurance industry.

"Students have far more choices than they had 40 years ago," said Art Jipson, UD associate sociology professor and program director. "Forty years ago, cybercrime, international gangs or terrorist groups weren't occupying a lot of officers' time. Detectives now are posing as 14-year-old girls on the Internet to catch criminals. Criminal justice has changed and the students have changed with it."

For more information about the job fair, contact UD's Criminal Justice Studies program at 937-229-4242 or