If you live in the state of South Carolina and are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, then you are going to need some kind of formal education and/or training. This is true for all jobs in the criminal justice field, and there are plenty.

In fact, it is estimated that there are literally hundreds of jobs that those with criminal justice backgrounds can do. However, you’ll have a much easier time getting the job that you want if you’ve known what that was and have been preparing for it all along. When this is the case, it’s so much easier to plan your education according to your career goals.

The good news for you is that, no matter what you wish to do in the field, South Carolina more than likely has a training or education program in state that is just right for you.

The state is home to many great community colleges, traditional colleges, universities, and even online institutions that can make it possible for you to make your career dreams come true. It’s up to you, however, to get out there and to find the one that is just right for you.

As mentioned briefly above, more and more people are choosing to get their educations online. After all, online colleges and universities are less expensive and often the most convenient option for many people. By far, the most popular online choice for South Carolina residents interested in careers in criminal justice is South College.

This school offers online associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and even master’s degree level programs. These include associate’s degrees in general criminal justice and paralegal studies, bachelor’s degrees in crime scene investigation, corrections, cyber crime, juvenile justice, and law enforcement, and master’s degrees in general criminal justice and public administration.

Of course, if getting your education online isn’t the right solution for you and your career goals or even your own personal learning style, you still have many wonderful options to choose from in the state. Popular college and university choices for South Carolina residents include Aiken Technical College, located in Graniteville, which offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice and a certification in basic criminal justice.

Anderson University, in Anderson, with an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in the same, offered both online and traditionally; Benedict College, located in Columbia, which offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Bob Jones University, located in Greenville, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice also; Brown Mackie College, also in Greenville, which has an associate’s degree program in paralegal, as well as a certificate program in assistant paralegal; Central Carolina Technical College, in Sumter, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice technology.

Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, with an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in the same; Claffin University, in Orangeburg, with a bachelor’s degree program in sociology and criminal justice administration (combined); Coker College, located in Hartsville, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminology.

Denmark Technical College, in Denmark, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice technology and a technical certificate in criminal justice; Florence Darlington Technical College, in Florence, with an associate’s degree in criminal justice technology; Forrest Junior College, in Anderson, with an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice; Greenville Technical College, in Greenville, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice technology and paralegal studies.

Horry Georgetown Technical College, in Conway, with associate’s degree programs in crime scene investigations and general criminal justice, as well as associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and legal assisting and paralegal, and a certificate program in paralegal specialist; ITT Technical Institute, in Columbia, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree program in the same.

Lander University, in Greenwood, with a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Limestone College, located in Gaffney, with an online bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; and Midlands Technical College, located in West Columbia, with associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and paralegal studies, as well as certificate programs in court reporting, legal administrative assistant, and paralegal studies.