The level of qualification needed in order to work in the criminal justice sector vary widely, from the voluntary role of a magistrate to the extensive list of qualifications (both academic and professional) required by a barrister.

For this reason, salaries can range from exceptionally high (in the six-figure range) to unpaid voluntary work depending on the nature of the role. Those pursuing a career in the criminal justice sector can expect a demanding and at times distressing job.

Although much work in the criminal justice sector revolves around a 9-5 schedule, it is not unusual to have to work in the evenings and weekends, visiting clients or prepping for cases. The amount of cases is heavily dependant on the department for which you are working.

Promotion is generally merit-based and places less emphasis on years of experience. Nonetheless, it is rare to receive promotions within the industry unless you have several years of experience.

Jobs in the criminal justice sector are notoriously competitive and entering the industry represents a time investment of several years, but hard work and study will lead to a well-paid, prestigious and fascinating career.

How to become a Barrister

How to become a Magistrate