Criminal Justice

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program may find employment with city, county, private and state agencies who are involved with the enforcement of laws, the investigation of criminal acts, corrections, probation, and parole. Positions are also available in the private industry where security and loss prevention are paramount. Some graduates will continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which expands the employment market to include state and federal agencies.

The qualities that a person should have to be successful include: keen powers of observation; mental alertness, emotional stability; ability to work within prescribed rules and regulations; and the ability to handle responsibility and discipline. As the field of criminal justice becomes more sophisticated and complex, advanced training and education become more critical. The two-year curriculum includes courses in forensic science, juvenile delinquency, drugs and narcotics, family violence, criminal and constitutional law, criminology, and criminal investigations.

Where You Could Go

Common work settings include police/ sheriff’s departments, juvenile facilities, city/county probation, correctional facilities, private security agencies and loss-prevention (retail). Many graduates transfer credits to another college or university bachelor degree program.

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree; some of which are offered on the NC State campus or online.

Job Demand

There are a variety of career choices for criminal justice graduates. The field is stable and generally offers good job security, along with advancement opportunities with further training and education.

$34,898Average Yearly Salary

Animal Control Worker

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

$55,254Average Yearly Salary

Act as oversight and security agent for management and customers. Observe casino or casino hotel operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons. May use one-way mirrors above the casino floor, cashier’s cage, and from desk. Use of audio/video equipment is also common to observe operation of the business. Usually required to provide verbal and written reports of all violations and suspicious behavior to supervisor.

$44,750Average Yearly Salary

Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. Receive reports from the public of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies. Relay information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May maintain contact with caller until responders arrive.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the core criminal justice foundation concepts of juvenile justice, criminology, constitutional law, corrections, private security, and U.S. Judicial and Criminal Justice systems in solving and defending logical arguments and applications in the field.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate proper standards of criminal justice professionalism, morals, and ethics.