What Can I Do With My Criminal Justice Major?

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice involves a wide array of public and private systems in the legal arena, especially those related to criminal law. Criminal justice majors will gain an understanding of the legal systems and delivery of justice through interdisciplinary courses that develop a grounding in the behavioral and social sciences and the biological sciences, all supported by a core curriculum that provides a strong liberal arts background, especially in the areas of critical thinking and communication. The curriculum challenges students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations through a series of foundational courses culminating in a senior internship/practicum in a legal setting such as a police department, prosecutor’s office, or counseling agency. This major provides students with initial preparation in the areas of interpersonal, technological, and administrative skills and develops competencies in various current and expanding vocational areas including forensic psychology, juvenile justice, law and its administration, law enforcement and corrections, asset protection/private security, and forensic science.

Visit NHTI’s Criminal Justice Department for information on degree and course offerings.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.
Career opportunities are plentiful in the Criminal Justice field. A more security-conscious society and concerns about homeland security, crime rates, and related issues mean wider opportunities for graduates, as well as those who continue to graduate study. Forensic sciences, computer crime prevention, and national security are just a few examples as possible career choices.


Skills Developed Through This Major

Decision-making Management
Communication oral and written Sensitivity to issues and culture
Counseling Report writing
Computer proficiency Foreign language
Creative Interpersonal – working with all types of people
Initiative Follow procedures and directions
Detail oriented Presentation
Interviewing Crisis intervention
Investigative Research
Organization Mediation
Teamwork Logic - critical thinking and problem solving


Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you qualify for with this associate’s degree:

Security Guards Correctional Officer Cyber Crime Investigator
Bailiff Police and Detectives Claims Examiner
Fire Inspectors and Investigators Private Detectives and Investigators Gaming Surveillance Officer
Arson Investigator Warden Caseworker/Counselor
Clerks Computer Crime Inspector Crime Scene Photographer
Sheriff Crime Scene Investigator Border Patrol Agent
Crime Lab Analyst Victim Advocate Computer Forensics Operator
College/University Public Safety Official Fish and Wildlife Officer Environmental Conservation Officer
Legal Researcher    
Sample positions that require a bachelor’s degree and beyond:
ATF Special Agent Bank Examiner Claims Examiner Criminologist Deputy U.S. Marshall DEA Special Agent
District Attorney FAA Aviation Safety Inspector FBI/CIA Agent Federal Officer IRS Agent Lawyer
Mediator Public Defender Secret Service Agent Bank Examiner
Criminologist DEA Special Agent FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
Federal Officer Lawyer Public Defender


Sample Employers

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Business and Industry
CIA/FBI Colleges and Universities
Computer Investigation Companies Correctional Facilities
Counseling Agencies County Attorney's Office
Courts Crime Labs
Customs Service Delinquency Institutions
Department of Treasury Drug Enforcement Administration
Environmental Protection Agency Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Trade Commission Forensic Science Labs
Homeland Security Agencies IRS
Justice Department Law Firms
Police Departments Military Organizations
National, State and Local Governments Private Utility Companies
Securities and Exchange Commission  


Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Criminal Justice Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Join college and professional organizations that provide networking opportunities and enhance leadership skills.
  • Seek practical experience in areas of interest whenever possible.


Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member. 

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).


Michael F. Raymond
Criminal Justice
Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4284

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785