The events of September 11, 2001 changed America's perception on law
enforcement forever. The need for criminal justice professionals was
brought home. Since that date, opportunities for qualified criminal
justice graduates have solidly and continually increased. A Fisher
College Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice will lead you to
a fulfilling and meaningful career in local, state, and federal
To prepare you for a career in police and security work, Homeland
Security and other governmental and private agencies, graduates receive a
broad academic foundation for entry-level careers in law enforcement,
corrections, and juvenile justice, in either the public or private
sector, or transfer to a four-year program.
Since career professionals in these fields work with a diverse public
and address a variety of social issues, the social and behavioral
sciences are combined with appropriate criminal justice courses. The
liberal arts basis of this Concentration also prepares a student for
transfer into many other majors including preparation for law school.
According to the most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook
Handbook published and released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the
United States Department of Labor:
The demand for the program is solid and should steadily grow in
response to the predicted increase in need for training in criminal
justice in the following fields:
• probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
• private detectives and investigators
• paralegals and legal assistants
• state and local government
• police and detectives
After the tragic events on September 11, 2001, there has been an
increased focus on security and police work in the United States and
throughout the world. Also, the upsurge in crime throughout the country
and the world has necessitated an increase in job openings within the
field. The supply of educated workers is unable to meet the increasing
demand. It is also worthwhile to consider the level of local and
federal funding for such programs in evaluating the increased demand.
to the increased focus on security and police work, there is a
corresponding increase in the number of job openings in the field.
Moreover, a significant number of students aspire to employment in the
criminal justice field.