Criminal Justice

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Why Criminal Justice?

The Criminal Justice field has seen a 200% increase in employment opportunities since 9/11 according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Consequently, an emphasis on academic and hands-on-training in a variety of Criminal Justice related careers is growing. A well trained workforce will be in demand well into the future.
Students choosing the Criminal Justice program at West Virginia University Parkersburg may pursue the career pathway which includes a certificate, Associate or the Bachelor of Applied Science degree leading to employment opportunities in law enforcement, corrections and justice. Students will gain valuable knowledge from practicing instructors, mock labs in investigation and courtroom procedures and internship requirements that offer invaluable experiential learning.

Why Criminal Justice at WVU Parkersburg?

Students choosing the Criminal Justice field at West Virginia University Parkersburg may pursue the certificate, associate or the bachelor of applied Science degree leading to career opportunities in law enforcement, crime scene investigations, corrections and the administration of justice.  Students will gain valuable knowledge from practicing instructors, mock labs in investigation and courtroom procedures and internship requirements that offer invaluable experiential learning.

Programs Offered

  • Certificate in Criminal Justice (30 hrs)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Criminal Justice (60 hrs)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Criminal Justice (120 hrs)

Curriculum

Criminal Justice – Certificate, AAS, BAS pdf

Career Opportunities

CERTIFICATE

JOB AVERAGE HOURLY RATE GENERAL SKILLS
Animal Control Workers $13.83 Active listening, reading comprehension, writing, speaking, critical thinking.
Bailiffs $16.73 Active listening, social perceptiveness, reading comprehension, learning strategies.
Parking Enforcement Workers $15.15 Active listening, writing, speaking, monitoring, reading comprehension, coordination.
Security Guards $9.76 Monitoring, critical thinking, reading comprehension, social perceptiveness.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

JOB AVERAGE HOURLY RATE GENERAL SKILLS
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives $22.16 Active listening, coordination, writing, social perceptiveness, management of personnel resources.
Police Detectives $16.63 Critical thinking, active listening, social perceptiveness, active learning, monitoring.
Police Patrol Officers $14.01 Active listening, service orientation, critical thinking, speaking, monitoring.
Private Detectives and Investigators $16.90 Critical thinking, time management, active listening, speaking, writing, monitoring.

BACHELOR DEGREE

JOB AVERAGE HOURLY RATE GENERAL SKILLS
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents $16.63 Judgment and decision making, coordination, instructing, complex problem solving, service orientation, active listening, negotiation.
Fish and Game Wardens $21.19 Active listening, reading comprehension, speaking, writing, critical thinking.
Forensic Science Technicians $22.47 Reading comprehension, active listening, speaking, quality control analysis.
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $13.15 Social perceptiveness, critical thinking, monitoring, active listening, time management, speaking, writing, instructing.

Source: EMSI for region consisting of Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood Counties, WV.