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
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles With This Degree
- Sample Employers
- NHTI Criminal Justice Alumni – Sampling of Job Titles and Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
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.
|Communication oral and written||Sensitivity to issues and culture|
|Computer proficiency||Foreign language|
|Creative||Interpersonal – working with all types of people|
|Initiative||Follow procedures and directions|
|Teamwork||Logic - critical thinking and problem solving|
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|
|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|
|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|
|Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms||Business and Industry|
|CIA/FBI||Colleges and Universities|
|Computer Investigation Companies||Correctional Facilities|
|Counseling Agencies||County Attorney's Office|
|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|
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.
- Correctional Officers
- Police and Detectives
- Private Detectives and Investigators
- Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
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)
- 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.
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.
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- National Sheriffs Association
- International Association of Women Police
- International Association of Crime Analysts
- High Technology Crime Investigation Association
- International Crime Scene Investigators Association
- American Association of State Troopers
- Federal Criminal Investigators Association
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
- National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.
- American Bar Association
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).
- NHTI Job Posting Site
- FBI Employment
- Federal Jobs (This website contains a series of database files using input from hundreds of Human Resource individuals in the federal government.)
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Career Paths
- Local newspapers are also a great source for criminal justice related employment opportunities.