Four Reasons to Study Criminal Justice


Who doesn’t love those crime dramas? While you may be hooked on Law and Order, NCIS or CSI, you may not have considered a career in criminal justice. But did you know there are a lot of reasons that studying criminal justice might be right for you?  You may want to make a difference in your community. Or maybe you’re looking for a wide range of choices in an exciting career. Below are just some of the reasons to study criminal justice and enter an interesting career path.

1. Variety of Career Options

A degree in criminal justice is the gateway to different professions.  You can move into law enforcement, the court system and legal jobs, such as a paralegal, judicial assistant or corrections. The private sector also offers career options such as in security or as a private investigator, forensic accountant, cyber crime or social worker. If you’re more science-minded, you might consider a career as a crime scene investigator or prison psychologist. You may decide to further your studies and go into law. When you study Criminal Justice, there are many directions in which you can go.

2. Opportunity to Help Others

A career in criminal justice is a great way to give back to your community.  The field is full of jobs that help others; from law enforcement to working in the court system, you’re protecting people from criminal activity, helping crime victims and ensuring justice for them and society.  There are also jobs that are not so obvious in criminal justice that help others such as victim advocate or probation and community control officer. Being able to protect and help others is a big advantage for those currently in the Criminal Justice field.   

3. Job Stability and Benefits

Many jobs in law enforcement or criminal justice are public sector jobs. Unfortunately, crime is a fact of life that doesn’t take holidays or down time. As a public servant, your position is not as volatile since it isn’t as dependent on the ups and downs of the economy or a tough job market, as is the case with private sector positions. In addition, criminal justice professionals who work for the government have good benefits including, health insurance, life insurance, training and tuition assistance, paid holidays, and sick leave. Many positions qualify for retirement after 20 years of service and offer a generous retirement package.

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4. Excitement and Challenge

For people looking for a job that isn’t ho-hum, many jobs in criminal justice require skills that allow you to take on different challenges.  Positions in criminal justice often require strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think fast on your feet. You’ll face situations that are intellectually demanding, can involve high stakes and are bound to be different from one day to the next. So if you’re looking for a career that is rarely boring and never goes stale, criminal justice may be the perfect choice.

Studying Criminal Justice at Norwalk Community College

At Norwalk Community College, Criminal Justice Studies falls within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. Students in Criminal Justice earn an Associate degree focusing on three areas: criminal justice system, law enforcement, and courts and corrections. This training prepares them for entry-level careers in local and state law enforcement, and as support personnel in juvenile justice, social service agencies, corrections, private security, law offices and the criminal courts. In addition, students who submit police and criminal justice-related training and work experience may receive credit for criminal justice courses.  To find out more, visit our Criminal Justice Department page or contact us today.