Prepare for a Career in Criminal Justice


Criminal justice provides a variety of career opportunities. Earning an associate degree in criminal justice from Lower Columbia College is a strong foundation for many fascinating careers. We offer two degree paths that will assist you in reaching your career goals.

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Career Paths

There are many career opportunities in the field of criminal justice.  These jobs depend on the type of education and training you have.

  • ATF Special Agent
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Bounty Hunter/ Bail Enforcement Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Canine Officer
  • Computer Forensics
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counter Terrorism
  • County Sheriff
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Reporter
  • Criminal Justice Admin
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Criminologist
  • Customs and Border
  • Protection Officer
  • Cyber Security
  • DEA Agent
  • Defense Attorney
  • Deputy US Marshal
  • Diplomatic Security Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Federal Probation Officer
  • Federal Security Director
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Forensic Artist
  • Forensic Hypnotists
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Serologist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Homeland Security
  • ICE Special Agent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Juvenile Court Register
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Law Office Manager
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Police Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Pre-Trial Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Prosecutor
  • Secret Service Special Agent
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Guard
  • Security Management
  • Security Operations
  • Manager
  • Social Worker
  • State Trooper
  • Transportation Security Officer
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • U.S. Postal Service Inspector
  • Victims Advocate


 Criminal Justice

Skills & Abilities

Skills and abilities necessary to a career in criminal justice are varied, covering hard skills as well as soft skills.  Some of the skills you will learn and practice are

  • Organizational skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Knowledge of legal structures
  • Knowledge of legal concepts and laws
  • Understanding of social and psychological issues
  • Effective communications
  • Critical thinking

Degree Options

There are two degree options for Criminal Justice, including an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) with a focus in Criminal Justice. Credit for prior learning, such as through a police academy, may be available to eligible students.

See Standards and Disqualifiers that can apply to careers in Criminal Justice.

Contact the Criminal Justice Program

  Anita Quirk, Criminal Justice Instructor

   (360) 442-2872

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