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Criminal Justice Schools

As a professor or instructor of criminal justice classes at one of the 2,164 accredited criminal justice schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the criminal justice academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes criminal justice training at the following levels:

  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Associates degree in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice
  • Masters degree in Criminal Justice
  • PhD degree in Criminal Justice


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Criminal justice professionals

1,842,560 1,901,760 1,922,760 1,926,320 1,872,070
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

1,872,070 criminal justice professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 2%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Criminal justice professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by criminal justice professionals around the nation, was $44,890 per year. This is 29% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Criminal Justice

$38,749 $40,364 $41,531 $42,669 $44,890
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for criminal justice professionals have grown by 16%.

Educational Trends

National Criminal Justice Student enrollment growth by degree

22,642 24,266 25,994 29,989 29,456
62,338 66,892 69,587 73,965 41,542
126 144 139 147 103
7,963 8,271 8,995 10,246 5,708
19,495 20,431 20,343 19,932 17,494
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Grey: Certificate in Criminal Justice

The career outlook for criminal justice professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 112,564 students graduated from criminal justice degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 94,303 students graduated from criminal justice schools.

This represents a 16% change in 4 years. This decline in the number of students graduating from criminal justice courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Criminal Justice Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are down, the number of schools offering criminal justice programs has increased. In 2006 there were 2006 criminal justice schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 2164 schools.

Criminal Justice Faculty Salaries

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