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Criminal Justice Grad Contemplates Career As a Private Eye

Monday, March 17th, 2008

When Brandie Woodward received her online criminal justice degree, she followed a path that was unusual for someone with her credentials. She wrote a children’s book — about a goat named Lloyd.

According to the East Hampton Star, after studying serial killers and criminals, Ms. Woodward found herself drawn to writing a children’s story she had been contemplating for years. It was based on her own childhood experiences with a pet goat.

And after her children’s book, ”Lloyd“, was published this past January, she became interested in getting back to the criminal justice arena. This time around, she wants to pursue an online certificate program to become a private investigator.

Although Ms. Woodward may use her online degree to move into the private eye business, there are a number of options available to her as a criminal justice graduate. An online criminal justice degree is versatile enough to open doors into jobs as law enforcement officers, parole and probation officers, private detectives, substance abuse social workers, FBI agents, court clerks, school security officers, teachers and private security consultants.

Corporate investigative work may require an MBA (master’s in business administration) or an accounting degree; and those who choose forensic computer work should have additional training through computer science coursework. Computer forensics training may also be acquired through professional certificate programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for jobs as private investigators is expected to rise faster than the average occupation, at 18% growth expected between 2006 and 2016.

So graduates who are interested in this career, like Ms. Woodward, should have a promising future.

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