FVCC’s Criminal Justice major prepares students to transfer with junior status to four-year universities. FVCC also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, which prepares students to obtain entry-level positions in criminal justice. All degree programs offer students the opportunity to participate in an internship.
A career in criminal justice offers diverse opportunities to utilize your skills and strengths for the greater good. Whether advocating for victims of crime, keeping schools safe from violence or overseeing the progress of a parolee or probationer, criminal justice professionals are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities.
- Students who complete an A.S. or A.A. in Criminal Justice at FVCC are eligible to transfer with junior status to criminal justice programs at the University of Montana-Missoula or Montana State University-Northern to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
- The annual mean wage for a police or sheriff’s patrol officer working in Montana is $52,280, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- The annual mean wage for a detective or criminal investigator working in Montana is $77,560, according to the BLS.
- Students who complete an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice at FVCC are prepared to pursue entry-level positions in criminal justice, such as security guards, bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers.
- The annual mean wage for a security guard working in Montana is $27,150, according to the BLS.
- The annual mean wage for a correctional officer or jailer working in Montana is $37,810, according to the BLS.
Attributes of Successful Criminal Justice Professionals:
- Skilled at managing conflict
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to remain calm and think clearly under pressure
- Technologically adept