Criminal Justice Technology
Do you
what it
Desirable Traits and Experience
Good attitude
On time for class
Good grades
Demonstrates leadership in the classroom
Good work history
Volunteer work such as First Responder, EMT, Volunteer firefighter,
Scouts, Explorers, Church or school program, community service
CPR certified
Accepts responsibility
Good decision-making ability
Physically fit
Undesirable Traits, History,
Late to class, makes excuses, or turns in late work
Spotty job history
Lack of job since high school
Agency disqualifiers include
– Inability to pass fitness test
– Inability to pass reading/writing test
– Arrest history (with or without a conviction)
– Excessive tickets
– Visible tattoos on arms, head or neck
– Unattended credit problems
– Association with disreputable people
– Some physical and mental conditions
– Alcohol and/or drug history
What to expect from a career in
the Criminal Justice field
Crazy work hours/lots of late nights and weekends
Being a member of a team that takes much pride in their job
Typical starting salary $28,000 and 32,000
Good benefits, health care, and retirement (at most agencies)
Good job security
Little appreciation at times from community members
Opportunity to help someone in need and protect citizens
Opportunity to receive specialized training
Protective gear
Firearms training
24 hour a day visibility in the community as a public servant
Lots of report writing-documenting conversations and events
Periods of inactivity followed by a blitz of activity-unpredictable!
Probable Types of Jobs If You
Meet the Rigorous Standards
 Police Officer or Sheriff’s Deputy
 911 Dispatch or telecommunications
 Detention officer, Corrections officer or Jailer (working
with inmates in jail, detention center or prison)
 Some federal jobs such as Border Patrol or TSA
 Bailiff
 Detective/Narcotics Agent– must first serve time on
the road and have many years of law enforcement
 Records clerk
 Loss prevention/security
 State Law Enforcement Officer
 SWAT team – several years experience required
Unlikely Types of Jobs
• Most federal position such as FBI, DEA, ATF; 4 year
degree required
• Game Warden – requires 4 year degree in South
Carolina or 2 year degree plus military experience
• Paralegal – see BCAS division, AOT program
• Victim’s Advocate – limited number of jobs though a
possibility; helpful if you have paralegal background
• Court Reporter – need certificate from Midlands Tech
• Detective – must be willing to be patrol officer first
• DNA-CSI-Crime Scene Investigator – must either be a
detective or have chemistry/science degree
• Private investigator – separate licensing process with
the state; many have years of experience in law
• Parole or Probation Agent – need 4 year degree
Advantages of CRJ Program
 Close mentoring relationship with faculty and faculty advisor
 Qualified faculty (current or retired cops, parole officers,
 Small classroom size
 Variety of class type such as online, hybrid, and lecture
 Afternoon, evening and online CRJ classes
 General education class offerings online, morning,
afternoon, or evening
 No additional supply costs
 Hands-on training opportunities
 Practice job interviews with faculty/job interview
 Opportunity for internship after meeting qualifications
 Course curriculum based on current technologies and field
What Courses Do I Need?
COL 101
CPT 170
CRJ 101
CRJ 115
CRJ 222
ENG 101
ENG 155
CRJ 110
CRJ 218
CRJ 224
HSS 205
HIS 202
MAT 101
College Orientations
Microcomputer Applications I
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law I
Ethics in Criminal Justice
English Composition I
Communications I
Police Patrol
Crisis Intervention
Police Community Relations
Technology and Society
American History: 1877 to Present
Beginning Algebra
What Courses Do I Need?
CRJ 125
PSC 215
PSC 201
SPC 205
State and Local Government
American Government
CRJ 145
Public Speaking
CRJ 236
Elective CRJ Course
PSY 201
SOC 101
CRJ 242
CRJ 250
CRJ 260
SCI 150
CRJ 202
CRJ 247
Correctional Systems
Criminal Justice Internship I
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Forensic Science
Law Enforcement and the
Latino Community
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Evidence
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Elective CRJ Course
• Call us with any questions or concerns. You may feel like this isn’t the
right career for you, but, call and let’s talk before you decide.
• Trish Hovis 981-7376 or [email protected]
• Chip Guerry 981-7723 or [email protected]

Criminal Justice Technology AAS.CRJ