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Criminal Justice

Make a career out of helping, protecting, and serving others. This program prepares you to manage emergencies, teaching skills in communication, crime prevention, report-writing, criminal investigation, and forensic science.

The Criminal Justice Program has multiple prerequisite requirements, and all students must meet with the department chair prior to registration.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

    Hourly Wage: $22.81

    Currently Employed: 125

    Projections:

    125 people are employed as First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers. This number is expected to increase by 15.2% over the next four years.

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  • Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

    Hourly Wage: $18.55

    Currently Employed: 2548

    Projections:

    2548 people are employed as Correctional Officers and Jailers. This number is expected to increase by 8.59% over the next four years.

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  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

    Hourly Wage: $46.97

    Currently Employed: 224

    Projections:

    224 people are employed as First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives. This number is expected to increase by 15.63% over the next four years.

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  • Bailiffs

    Maintain order in courts of law.

    Hourly Wage: $17.71

    Currently Employed: 60

    Projections:

    60 people are employed as Bailiffs. This number is expected to increase by 11.67% over the next four years.

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  • Police Detectives

    Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

    Hourly Wage: $28.36

    Currently Employed: 1651

    Projections:

    1651 people are employed as Police Detectives. This number is expected to increase by 4.3% over the next four years.

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  • Police Identification and Records Officers

    Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.

    Hourly Wage: $28.36

    Currently Employed: 1651

    Projections:

    1651 people are employed as Police Identification and Records Officers. This number is expected to increase by 4.3% over the next four years.

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  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

    Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.

    Hourly Wage: $28.36

    Currently Employed: 1651

    Projections:

    1651 people are employed as Criminal Investigators and Special Agents. This number is expected to increase by 4.3% over the next four years.

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  • Police Patrol Officers

    Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

    Hourly Wage: $33.31

    Currently Employed: 4367

    Projections:

    4367 people are employed as Police Patrol Officers. This number is expected to increase by 7.56% over the next four years.

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  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

    Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

    Hourly Wage: $33.31

    Currently Employed: 4367

    Projections:

    4367 people are employed as Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs. This number is expected to increase by 7.56% over the next four years.

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  • Transit and Railroad Police

    Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

    Hourly Wage: $31.37

    Currently Employed: 18

    Projections:

    18 people are employed as Transit and Railroad Police. This number is expected to increase by 5.56% over the next four years.

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  • Security Guards

    Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

    Hourly Wage: $13.29

    Currently Employed: 6702

    Projections:

    6702 people are employed as Security Guards. This number is expected to increase by 7.06% over the next four years.

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  • Court Clerks

    Perform clerical duties in court of law; prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges; and contact witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.

    Hourly Wage: $18.13

    Currently Employed: 1169

    Projections:

    1169 people are employed as Court Clerks. This number is expected to increase by 6.42% over the next four years.

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  • Security Management Specialists

    Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security, personnel security, and information security. May work in fields such as health care, banking, gaming, security engineering, or manufacturing.

    Hourly Wage: $35.07

    Currently Employed: 6764

    Projections:

    6764 people are employed as Security Management Specialists. This number is expected to increase by 7.75% over the next four years.

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  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

    Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

    Hourly Wage: $21.05

    Currently Employed: 681

    Projections:

    681 people are employed as Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists. This number is expected to increase by 7.49% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Map

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Criminal Justice-Corrections
  • Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice- Texas Peace Officer Specialization

Certificate Level 1

  • Texas Peace Officer Sequence Criminal Justice

Field of Study

  • Field of Study in Criminal Justice

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