In the state of North Carolina, there is a very large amount of people working as criminal justice professionals. The vast majority work in law enforcement, as traditional police officers or as security guards or sheriffs, but there are positions in many other areas and capacities as well.

Criminal justice professionals in the state, across the board, enjoy a higher salary than the average across other professions, and they also enjoy stable job security and excellent benefits, particularly if they are employed by the state. Therefore, if you are seriously considering going into criminal justice yourself, then there is no better time than the present to get to work on setting and reaching your career goals.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, the hourly median wage of police officers in the state is an impressive $19.38, equaling a median annual salary of $40,310. Corrections officers bring home an average of $15.19 per hour, with a salary of $31,590 per year, on average.

Other professionals in the field tend to fare even better. Those employed in corrective services in the state make around $34,290 per year, and detectives and criminal investigators take home a whopping average of $48,250. Even legal assistants and paralegals, who require only minimal training, make an average of around $41,000 per year.

Of course, you can’t go into the criminal justice field just for the salary alone. While it is nice to know you can be paid lucratively for your work, those who don’t have their hearts and their minds in the right place rarely have success.

You should pursue a career in criminal justice if you honestly love the field, feel you possess the skills to do well in it, are willing to dedicate yourself to the training and/or education necessary to have the career you want, and have a strong desire to help, serve, and protect the people of the state.

Good criminal justice professionals are hard working, strong minded, able to separate their personal lives from their work lives, flexible in terms of hours and where they will work, firm, ethical, and intelligent. Some of these skills and qualities are ones that can’t be taught or learned, but that you must be born with.

If you don’t consider yourself to have many or even any of these skills and traits, then you should seriously reconsider whether or not going into the field is right for you.

If you are, however, certain that you wish to work in criminal justice, then it’s up to you to research the field and the many different career choices that lie within it. When you’ve found the jobs that appeal to you, take the time to find out what you must do in order to qualify for those jobs.

You must find a job that you wish to have and that you are willing to do all of the hard work to obtain in order to find a successful match.

Once you’ve found this, it’s simply a matter of pursuing the training or education necessary to reach your career goals. This might involve formal schooling or just a brief training program, depending upon the job that you want. The good news, however, is that you won’t have to go far to find it.

North Carolina is home to a wide variety of colleges, universities, online opportunities, training programs, and special academies and training centers that can give you all the tools and all of the education you will need in order to succeed in the field.