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A good way to find issues in your chosen career is to visit an association or organization website that focuses on your field. There are professional and trade associations for almost every profession and industry. Their purpose is to promote the profession, represent the interests of professional practitioners, and answer any queries from the public.
Finding Information about your chosen Profession
Go to Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook includes information about your profession, education requirements, earnings, links to information about the job market in each state, and trade association information.
Search for your career.
Note: Scroll to the section on "Sources of Additional Information" to find professional or trade associations that represent the field.
Examples of the kinds of groups you'll encounter include:
An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice that combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
An independent agency in the judicial branch of government that provides access to publications such as the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manuals, Federal Sentencing Statistics by State, District, and Circuit, Research Products and Special Projects.
An international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.
A national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and the justice community who are dedicated to the use of research and analysis to make informed policy and program decisions.
A national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our Nation’s jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.
A leading professional association in juvenile justice and adult correctional education, both nationally and internationally, providing leadership, direction, and services to correctional educators and programs, and representing juvenile justice and adult correctional education to broader educational, political, and social agencies.
A coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.
An international community of academics, activists, artists, researchers and practitioners who are committed to promoting transformative, restorative, social, economic and political justice in all areas of our lives – from the local to the global.