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Criminal Justice

Careers

All program graduates leave with a broad base of theoretical knowledge, skills and abilities suitable to a diverse range of entry-level criminal justice positions.

Prepare for a career in Criminal Justice

Prospective Criminal Justice students should research the career and employment opportunities that will be available to them upon completion of the two-year diploma program at Camosun College, or upon attainment of their degree in Criminology. The Career Resource Library can help you explore future careers.

There are over 500,000 criminal justice-related jobs in Canada. Upon receiving their two-year diploma, students are usually eligible to work in correctional services, customs, law enforcement, and in services to young offenders. The majority of applicants to the RCMP will be accepted only upon completion of a degree.

Students receiving their degree in Criminology are further eligible to look for employment in such fields as probation, parole, immigration, some areas of research, and counselling within institutions.

There is an excellent opportunity for students to apply to law school after completing their Criminology degree. Law school entrance requirements include a competitive LSAT scores and GPA.

Careers that our past graduates have accessed include: the RCMP, municipal police departments, sheriff, youth and adult corrections, probation officer, private investigation, loss prevention, community corrections, street support worker working with at-risk youth, research, insurance claims and investigations, and victim assistance services.

Criminal Justice Employability Skills Profile

The following are characteristics and skills that you'll obtain during the Criminal Justice program at Camosun.

  1. Academic Skills
    • Communicate
      • ability to write effectively and succinctly
      • ability to listen carefully
      • ability to read, comprehend, prepare and use written materials, documents and reports
      • ability to communicate orally in a clear and direct manner
      • ability to understand and speak languages of a diverse client groups
    • Think
      • ability to think critically and logically
      • ability to evaluate facts, solve problems and make decisions
      • ability to use technology, instruments tools, and information systems
      • ability to access and apply specialized knowledge from various fields
      • understanding of the justice system, causes of social problems and intervention strategies
    • Learn
      • desire and ability to continue the learning process during employment
  2. Personal Management Skills
    • Positive Attitudes and Behaviours
      • self esteem and confidence
      • honesty, integrity and personal ethics
      • initiative, energy and persistence
      • positive attitude to learning, personal growth and well-being
    • Responsibility
      • ability to set goals and priorities in work and personal life
      • ability to manage time and resources in work and personal life
      • accountability for actions taken
    • Adaptability
      • positive attitude toward change
      • recognition and respect for diversity and individual differences
      • creativity and innovation
  3. Teamwork Skills
    • Working With Others
      • understand and contribute to the agency's goals
      • understand and work within the culture of the group
      • plan and make decisions within a group
      • respect for opinions of others
      • ability to give and take to achieve group results
      • leadership skills and knowing when to use these
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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
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  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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