Future law enforcement officers are often required to take criminal justice classes before entering a law enforcement academy and most entry-level criminal justice jobs require a bachelor’s degree for consideration. Students who plan to go into law careers also often obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice prior to law school in order to establish a solid understanding of criminal justice.
Correctional treatment specialist, probation officer and police or sheriff’s patrol officer are a few examples of common criminal justice careers requiring a criminal justice education. A report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 94,000 probation officers and correctional treatment specialists working in the United States in 2006 making an average annual income of $42,500. During this same year, there were 648,000 police and sheriff’s patrol officers in the U.S., making an average income of $52,810 per year. All four of these criminal justice careers are expected to see an 11% growth in employment opportunities by 2016, which would result in the addition of 80,000 more criminal justice jobs, just in these four career options. Kansas criminal justice job opportunities can be expected to expand at a parallel rate.
Learn more about the exciting careers available in the criminal justice field, or make your next move in becoming a Kansas criminal justice professional by looking through the comprehensive list of schools offering Kansas criminal justice programs listed below.