Are you  interested in a law enforcement career but don’t know where to start? Are you logical, rational and consistent in the way you approach problem-solving? Do you get satisfaction out of creating and maintaining a safe, structured environment? 

Studying Criminal Justice at Richland College can prepare you for a variety of careers. There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.

Criminal justice programs at Richland College provide valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. Practical courses include dealing with criminal behavior, methods of criminology, public policy, interpersonal communication and ethical issues in criminal justice. Additional courses such as sociology, public speaking, speech communication, math, composition, computers, Spanish and more will give you a well-rounded education.

Criminal Justice courses include:

  • Community Resources in Corrections
  • Correctional System and Practices
  • Court Systems and Practices
  • Crime in America
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Police Systems and Practices

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

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Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists corrections officer as a high growth area, with 2,330 openings projected locally this year with an average salary of $17.71 per hour.

America’s Career Infonet projects high job increase for supervisors and managers of correctional officers (15 percent); compliance and  correctional officers (both 16 percent); detectives and criminal investigators (18 percent); postsecondary criminal justice teachers (20 percent); and probation officers (29 percent). High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10 percent.

U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists patrol officer and security guard among its best social services jobs.

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