[The following is a post copied and dragged over from my old sandbox, written up in 2008. Placing it here for safekeeping. Haven’t taken the time yet to edit and brush this up, and I may just wait to create another post with newer data.]
Well, look at the expansion of the Criminal Justice field over the last couple of decades alone. Here’s what California State University’s Bakersfield Criminal Justice program has to say:
This country’s growth and progression has also meant an expansion in the criminal justice system. During the past few decades, the system has been absorbing an increasingly larger portion of local, state, and federal resources. In California, corrections has become a primary growth industry.
Job opportunities continue to expand in a range of corrections-related areas such as prison construction, management and security, facility administration, prisoner education and health services, drug testing, and community supervision of offenders released from jail and prison. Law enforcement agencies and courts are trying new approaches to increase their capacities to meet the needs of their communities. Agency efforts include community policing, alternative courts such as drug and teen courts, and electronic monitoring. These developments make Criminal Justice a dynamic career field offering mobility, advancement, and personal satisfaction.
[Bold emphasis mine]
The realm of Criminal Justice is growing. This was one of my reasons for choosing a CJ minor. It promised job security and a wide array of employment opportunities across the nation at a time when many other fields are going through a slump.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2008-09, Police Officers and Detectives can expect the following:
Job opportunities in most local police departments will be excellent for qualified individuals, while competition is expected for jobs in State and Federal agencies. Average employment growth is expected.
Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 11 percent over the 2006-16 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations. A more security-conscious society and population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for police services.
Private Detectives and Investigators can expect:
Keen competition is expected for most jobs despite faster-than-average employment growth.
Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 18 percent over the 2006-16 decade, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will result from heightened security concerns, increased litigation, and the need to protect confidential information and property of all kinds. The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, spamming, e-mail harassment, and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, will also increase the demand for private investigators. Employee background checks, conducted by private investigators, will become standard for an increasing number of jobs. Growing financial activity worldwide will increase the demand for investigators to control internal and external financial losses, to monitor competitors, and to prevent industrial spying.
Correctional Officers can expect:
Employment growth is expected to be faster than the average for all occupations, and job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
Employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 16 percent between 2006 and 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing demand for correctional officers will stem from population growth and rising rates of incarceration. Mandatory sentencing guidelines calling for longer sentences and reduced parole for inmates are a primary reason for historically increasing incarceration rates. […]
Some employment opportunities also will arise in the private sector, as public authorities contract with private companies to provide and staff corrections facilities. Both State and Federal corrections agencies are increasingly using private prisons.
Job opportunities for correctional officers are expected to be excellent.
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers can expect:
Opportunities for security guards and gaming surveillance officers should be favorable. Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth, driven by the demand for increased security, and from the need to replace those who leave this large occupation each year.
Employment of security guards is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 175,000 over the projections decade. Concern about crime, vandalism, and terrorism continues to increase the need for security. Demand for guards also will grow as private security firms increasingly perform duties—such as providing security at public events and in residential neighborhoods—that were formerly handled by police officers.
Employment of gaming surveillance officers is expected to grow by 34 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Casinos will continue to hire more surveillance officers as more States legalize gambling and as the number of casinos increases in States where gambling is already legal.
[All bold emphases throughout are mine.]
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? The Criminal Justice field is expanding by leaps and bounds and the rest of society is having trouble finding livable-wage-yielding work. Isn’t that something? All of this is copied directly from BLS.gov, the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Notice that out of all of the CJ employment opportunities, regular police and detective positions expect the least amount of growth while the Security and Surveillance sector clearly states it will be absorbing the surplus in law-enforcement personnel to work security in positions “formerly handled by police officers.” So it’s not that employment for cops isn’t experiencing growth; it’s just that the industry focus has shifted and they can expect instead to be hired on by the private sector. Yet another example of privatization, folks. Your government outsourcing the business of protecting the public, to be sold to those who can afford it in the private sector. Straight from the keyboard of a well-known government bureau website popular among college students researching their career aspirations.
(Also, where do you suppose we are planning on getting all that money to support the projected increase in gambling and casino jobs? The entire gaming and casino sector is expecting “much faster than average” growth. Hmmm…)
Let’s now look at the Prospective Job Outlook for Armed Forces personnel:
Opportunities should be excellent for qualified individuals in all branches of the Armed Forces through 2016.
The United States spends a significant portion of its overall budget on national defense. Despite reductions in personnel due to the elimination of the threats of the Cold War, the number of active-duty personnel is expected to remain roughly constant through 2016. However, recent conflicts and the resulting strain on the military may lead to an increase in the number of active-duty personnel. The current goal of the Armed Forces is to maintain a force sufficient to fight and win two major regional conflicts at the same time. […]
So much for expecting peace anytime soon. They’re expecting to maintain the number of active-duty military personnel capable of fighting two major wars at once on through 2016. Wow, without constant wars to fight in, whatever will our soldiers do for work instead? Gee…8 more years predicted without a decline. Damn.
Now, compare all of this to other important fields like, say, Agriculture where Agricultural Workers can expect declining employment opportunities:
Overall employment of agricultural workers is expected to decline about 2 percent, which is considered little or no change. Employment of farmworkers who work in crops, nurseries, or greenhouses and those who work with farm and ranch animals are projected to decline moderately, about 3 percent.
Or the manufacturing sector, where Assemblers and Fabricators can expect further declining opportunities as well:
Employment of assemblers and fabricators is projected to decline slowly, primarily reflecting productivity growth and strong foreign competition in manufacturing. Job opportunities are expected to be good for qualified applicants in the manufacturing sector, particularly in jobs needing more training.
Employment of assemblers and fabricators is expected to decline slowly by 4 percent between 2006 and 2016. Within the manufacturing sector, employment of assemblers and fabricators will be determined largely by the growth or decline in the production of certain manufactured goods. In general, despite projected growth in the output of manufactured goods, employment overall is expected to decline as the whole sector becomes more automated and is able to produce more with fewer workers. […]
In most other manufacturing industries, employment of assemblers and fabricators will be negatively affected by increasing automation, improving productivity, and the shift of assembly to countries with lower labor costs.
Banking/Finance and Medical/Nursing/Mental Health appear to be the main fields outside of CJ expecting a hiring boom over the next 8 years. Much else is predicted to remain relatively stagnant or be outsourced. So basically we’re gearing up for a society brimming with cops, nurses, psychologists, private security guards and bankers (all service jobs) with even more manufacturing positions shipped elsewhere and agricultural workers imported from south of the border. Great. Sounds like “progress,” right?
If you’re not seeing any of this, it’s because you aren’t looking. It’s all right there for you to freely access. I haven’t paid a dime for any of the information provided on this blog yet.
We all were shocked in the aftermath of 9/11 and many of us ignorantly clamored for war and increased security measures. Yes we did — or at least we tolerated it. BUT NOW we know better. We understand we were fleeced by those in charge and have been for a long time now, spanning back many decades. What they’re telling us through the media is riddled with half-truths, skewed-truths and outright deceptions. The parts and pieces willingly admitted, such as the advancing police state in the U.S., is presented as entertainment for the masses, making a joke out of a serious situation. What garbage.
Let’s all utilize our Internet and good books as tools and resources for discovering real and honest information and inspiration. We all can and should tune out the bigwig media propagandists and government mouthpieces and take the initiative to become well-rounded, better-informed citizens and persons.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie (French Physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize, 1867-1934)
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” — Malcolm X
“I, for one, strongly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Every individual has a responsibility to help move our global family in the right direction and we must assume that responsibility.” — Dalai Lama (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize)
“The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.” — Peter McWilliams