Criminal Justice Job Outlook

The faculty and staff at Colorado Christian University believe it is important to keep our current and prospective students informed about the job outlook for their chosen field of study. Periodically, we will publish information in our blog that we have gathered from authoritative sites, mainly the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to let our students know if there is a high demand for jobs related to their degree program. Unfortunately, crime is a sad fact of everyday life, so there will always be a need for criminal justice degree holders to fill the positions the country needs to serve and protect its citizens. The following information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will give you an idea of the criminal justice job outlook and hopefully help you make your decision to pursue a criminal justice degree at CCU.

Current Number of Employees (as of 2009)

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: 661,500
Transit and Railroad Police: 4,300
Fish and Game Wardens: 8,300
Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 112,200
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Police and Detective: 97,300
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist: 103,400
Bailiffs: 20,200
Correctional Officers and Jailers: 454,500
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Correctional Officers: 43,500

There is a projected increase for all professions related to criminal justice for the 2008-2018 period. There will be average job growth for police officers and detectives. There are excellent job opportunities and faster-than-average job growth for probation officers and correctional officers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also issues salary information for criminal justice-related jobs.

Median Annual Salaries According to BLS

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $51,410
Transit and Railroad Police: $46,670
Fish and Game Wardens: $48,930
Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $60,910
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Police and Detective: $75,490
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist: $45,910
Bailiffs: $37,820
Correctional Officers and Jailers: $38,380
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Correctional Officers: $57,380Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $51,410
Transit and Railroad Police: $46,670
Fish and Game Wardens: $48,930
Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $60,910
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Police and Detective: $75,490
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist: $45,910
Bailiffs: $37,820
Correctional Officers and Jailers: $38,380
First-line Supervisors / Managers of Correctional Officers: $57,380

With such a positive criminal justice job outlook, why not look into pursuing a criminal justice degree from Colorado Christian University today? You can attend courses on campus or take your classes online. Please contact the CCU Admissions Office today to learn more about how to get started on your criminal justice degree today!