Criminal Justice Studies Career Outlook

Percent Employed



Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field*

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$32,757- $51,613

Range of Yearly Salary*



*Criminal Justice Studies is a new WITC program. No graduate follow-up information is currently available. The information above is based on graduates' responses from within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and does not include WITC graduates.


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.

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Telecommunicators 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 scenesc 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. 

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Deputy Sheriff

  • State Patrol/Trooper

  • Jail Deputy/Officer

  • Correctional Officer

  • Youth Care Worker

  • Detention Worker

  • Private Investigator

  • Security Officer

  • Park and Forestry Personnel

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your two-year Criminal Justice Studies associate degree at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Potential careers available with further education include:

  • Adult/Juvenile Administrator
  • Institutional Case Worker/Social Worker
  • Probation/Parole Administrator
  • Probation/Parole Agent
  • Youth Counselor/Case Aide
  • Youth Detention Home Supervisor


Hear From Graduates

"Being a retired military veteran of 22 years, I have attended numerous training schools and programs. I can't remember a level of professionalism as high as brought forth by the staff at WITC. I've seen a genuine commitment to quality education as well as a sincere concern for the success of the student." 

Marty, USCG (retired)

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 


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800.243.9482 ext. 3195


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Jodi Saliny

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339


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Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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