Criminal Justice

criminal justice careers

People depend on law enforcement officers to protect their lives and property and to maintain order. Whether they’re state or federal agents, police or sheriff’s officers, or corrections officers, all law enforcement careers require a gift for understanding others, good critical thinking skills and a desire to serve the community.

Credentials Offered:

Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)

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Faith Rayborn

Criminal Justice Major

When you look at Faith Rayborn, you immediately think pre-school teacher – not police officer. That drive has led her to become an officer with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department working at the Laurens County Detention Center.

A Career in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice associate degree program is designed to prepare professionally-educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system. During your studies, you’ll examine a broad spectrum of criminal justice concepts and theories and complete an internship to learn the connections between criminal justice theory and practice.

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What Can I Do with a Degree in Criminal Justice?

Some entry level positions include: police officer, deputy, dispatcher, corrections officer, trooper, private security officer, juvenile court officer and probation technician. Your duties could involve patrolling a specific area on foot or in a vehicle, directing traffic, issuing traffic summonses, investigating accidents, apprehending and arresting suspects or serving legal processes of courts. You could also be responsible for guarding inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions and for guarding prisoners in transit between jail, the courtroom and prison.

Some of your Responsibilities May Require you to:

  • Evaluate complaint and emergency-request information to determine response requirements
  • Identify, pursue and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts
  • Process prisoners and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal acts or statute violations were involved
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases
  • Arrange daily schedules for prisoners including library visits, work assignments, family visits and counseling appointments
  • Investigate crimes that have occurred within an institution or assist police in their investigations of crimes and inmates

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average: $40,770
  • SC Salary Range: $29,730-$58,320
  • 71% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
Entry Level Positions
  • Police Officer
  • Deputy
  • Corrections Officer
  • Trooper
  • Abbeville County Sheriff's Office
  • City of Greenwood Police Department
  • City of Newberry
  • Columbia Police Department
  • County of Greenwood - Solicitor
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Edgefield County
  • Greenville Police Department
  • Greenwood County Sheriff's Department
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • John de la Howe School
  • Lander University
  • Laurens City Police Department
  • Laurens County Sheriff's Department
  • Newberry County Sheriff's Department
  • More...

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science with a major in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare professionally educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system.

Our criminal justice program provides highly effective training environments, including: A state-of-the-art lab, featuring driving and firearm simulators; Software that aids in the sketching of suspects; A new mobile crime scene training unit; Crime scene reconstruction software; and Digital cameras and more.

The college has also developed several agreements with four-year colleges and universities that allow graduates to bridge their associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. These programs provide a seamless and affordable pathway to a higher degree in criminal justice.

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