Criminal Justice 
School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability & Professional Studies

About the Program

If you’re interested in the safety of your community and eager to go to work, the certificates in Criminal Investigation and Police Supervision or associate degrees in arts or applied science in criminal justice could be the right choice for you. SFCC’s Criminal Justice Program prepares you for a fascinating career in the field, from fighting cybercrime to law enforcement supervision at the command level. You’ll receive a solid introduction to criminal investigations, criminal justice, federal law enforcement, forensic science, and criminal law and procedure. You’ll also understand the ethics of law enforcement, fundamental to building effective policing as well as trust within communities. Study police patrol and procedure, parole and community corrections and other areas essential for a job in this sector.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook published March 29, 2012, there is an expected average from 5% to 21% or an overall average of a 14% growth rate from 2010 to 2020 for entry-level education protective services occupations in criminal justice. This equates to 2,736,600 new jobs.

Career Opportunities

  • Police officer
  • Public safety officer
  • Bodyguard
  • Child support enforcement officer
  • Security specialist
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Youth advocate
  • Victims’ services specialist
  • Police supervisor

Post-bachelor’s degree opportunities:

  • Federal agent
  • Criminal investigator

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