Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

About the job

Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

It is also called

  • Adjunct instructor
  • Assistant professor
  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Professor
  • Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Sociology Professor
  • Criminal Justice Department Chair
  • Penology Professor
  • Justice Professor


In 2017, the annual average wage in California was $77,750 with the highest earners making around $176,290 and the lowest earners bringing in about $42,830.


During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 17,300 people throughout the United States. It is projected that there will be 1,300 employed in California by 2024 which is an 18 percent increase from 2014. Overall, there will be 19,400 people employed in the United
States by 2026.

Work Values

Independence – Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Achievements – Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Working Conditions – Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety, and Working Conditions.


What they do

  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework, assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as criminal law, defensive policing, and investigation techniques.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Updating and using relevant knowledge
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, peers, subordinates
  • Identify educational needs of others, developing, formal educational or training programs, or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Education & Training

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

English Language

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.


Skills & Abilities

Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active learning – Understanding the implications of the new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Instructing – Teaching others how to do something.

Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas in writing so others will understand.


Common College Majors

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Security and Loss Prevention Services
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
  • Corrections Administration
  • Law Enforcement Investigation and Interviewing
  • Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis
  • Critical Incident Response/ Special police Operations
  • Protective Services Operations
  • Suspension and Debarment Investigation
  • Maritime Law Enforcement