Criminal Justice Studies Career Outlook

Percent Employed

47%

Employed

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

Employed in Related Field

43%

Employed in a Related Field

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

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$22,878 - $100,000

Range of Yearly Salary

2020-2021 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Program Snapshot Report (this statewide data may or may not include Northwood Tech graduates’ responses) 

 

 

 


Careers

Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Police Officer*

Police officers protect lives and property. Job duties differ by employer and function, but police officers typically: respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, patrol assigned areas, conduct traffic stops and issue citations, search for vehicle records and warrants using computers in the field, obtain warrants and arrest suspects, collect and secure evidence from crime scenes, observe the activities of suspects, write detailed reports and fill out forms and prepare cases and testify in court.
*To become employed as a police officer, Criminal Justice Studies graduates must also successfully complete the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy.

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Dispatcher

Dispatchers answer emergency and non-emergency calls. They answer 9-1-1 emergency telephone and alarm system calls, determine the type of emergency and its location and decide the appropriate response on the basis of agency procedures, relay information to the appropriate first-responder agency, coordinate the dispatch of emergency response personnel to accident scenes give basic over-the-phone medical instructions before emergency personnel arrive, monitor and track the status of police, fire, and ambulance units, synchronize responses with other area communication centers and keep detailed records of calls. 

Typical positions available after graduation include: 

  • Youth Care Workers

  • Detention Workers

  • Private Investigators

  • Security Officers

  • Park and Forestry Personnel

  • Victim Witness Advocate

Transfer Opportunities

After completing the associate degree program, graduates may apply for the 200 Basic Jail Officer Academy or Criminal Justice Law Enforcement 720 Academy.

Typical positions available after completing an academy include:

  • Police Officers
  • Deputy Sheriffs
  • Correctional Officers
  • Probation/Parole Agent

With additional education or work experience, graduates may also pursue a position as a(n):

  • Adult/Juvenile Administrator
  • Institutional Case Worker/Social Worker
  • Probation/Parole Administrator
  • Youth Counselor/Case Aide
  • Youth Detention Home Supervisor
  • State Patrol/Troopers
  • DNR Warden

 

Hear From Graduates

"At Northwood Tech, you will receive a quality education from educated instructors. In the Criminal Justice Studies program, the teachers also had on-the-job experience. This made the program much more educational and enjoyable. The College prepares you for a long, successful career, and you will not be disappointed!" 

Zac N., Criminal Justice Studies Graduate

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