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  • Skills for a Successful Career in Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice is a field that requires quick thinking, professionalism, and attention to detail. The following are skills emphasized in criminal justice programs and are essential to a successful career in criminal justice. Many are beneficial in both the law enforcement and corrections sides of this career area.

    • Strong oral communication skills
    • Ability to speak with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Ability to read social cues and body language
    • Strong written communication skills
    • Ability to write accurate and grammatically sound reports
    • Excellent listening skills
    • Possess Strong Ethics (good moral compass)
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Deductive Reasoning (ability to apply general rules to specific problems to arrive at the best answer or solution.)
    • Ability to handle stress
    • Good physical fitness
    • Good observational/awareness skills
    • Good computer & technical skills
    • Ability to think quickly
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Culturally sensitive
    • Emotionally balanced/even tempered
    **Some careers in criminal justice also require intensive training in use of firearms and other defensive tactics and technologies taught in training academies.