AAU’s Criminal Justice programs teach students everything from the basics of criminal justice to higher-level critical thinking and knowledge. Because of this, AAU graduates come out prepared for all facets of the criminal justice field.
Allied American University’s Department of Criminal Justice offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees. Allied’s program provides the building blocks for a sound Criminal Justice background through a rigorous examination of both the theories and practices of this multifaceted discipline. Our online degree program incorporates a broad range of courses covering such critical topics as criminology, community policing, justice administration and homicide investigation.
The field of criminal justice offers AAU graduates an enormous range of job options and career paths, the majority of which are public-sector opportunities in the court system, law enforcement and the corrections system.
Graduates will have a distinct professional advantage as they pursue some of the field’s most respected and high-paying specialties, too, such as forensics, investigation, and terrorism and security.
What is the best perk of all? Degree holders typically earn higher incomes than applicants without a degree.
Demand for jobs in Criminal Justice is on the rise. As our population continues to grow in numbers, the need for positions in this field will rise as well. Here are some of the top careers a Criminal Justice degree can help you achieve:
Correctional Officer: Correctional Officers watch over convicted inmates and individuals waiting trial. The median wage in 2012 was $39,040 with top earners making over $69,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There will be a steady increase in jobs over the next decade of about 5%.
Probation Officer: Probation Officers meet with and observe criminal offenders to make sure they stay on a positive course. The median wage in 2012 was $48,190 with top earners making over $83,410 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the next decade, job growth should remain even.
Private Detective: Private Detectives investigate and analyze information regarding legal and personal matters. The median wage in 2012 was $45,740 with top earners making over $79,790 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to grow 11% over the next decade.
Security Guards: Security Guards monitor and protect personal and private property from criminal activity occurring. The median wage in 2012 was $24,020 with top earners making over $42,560 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.
Law Enforcement Officer: Police officers protect people and property from danger and criminal activity. The median wage in 2012 was $56,980 with top earners making over $93,450 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012. Over the next decade, job growth is projected around 5%.
Criminal Investigator: Criminal Investigators monitor suspects in order to solve crimes for federal, state and local laws. The median wage in 2012 was $76,730 with top earners making over $125,320 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012. Employment over the next decade is expected to grow steadily.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012