Career Opportunities with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

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An associate degree in criminal justice is a career-oriented degree program...and employers in the law enforcement field may prefer that. Students are instructed in what they will actually be doing on-the-job, so the skills and knowledge they gain are immediately useful. Graduates of criminal justice associate degree programs commonly enter professions like the ones listed below.

Airport Security Bailiff Body Guard
Computer Forensics Corrections Officer Cyber Crime
Law Enforcement Police Officer Private Security

These careers are just some of the associate degree in criminal justice positions you can find. In some cases, careers may require additional education, especially if you plan on getting promoted to higher-level jobs. Visit our Criminal Justice Career Center to research these and other jobs in the field of criminal justice.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, job growth for paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 18 percent through 2020, which is as fast as average for all occupations. This is a popular field, and it only takes an associate degree in paralegal studies to get your career started!

According to a 2013 employment projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with an associate degree earn a median salary of $785 a week compared to those holding only a high school diploma, who earn a median salary of $652 a week. Unemployment rates were also lower for those holding an associate's degree compared to high school graduates: 6.2 percent for associate's degree-holders and 8.3 percent for high school diploma-holders. As you can see education pays. And to top it off, an associate degree in criminal justice or a related field can be completed in two years, and sometimes even less.

If one of the associate degree in criminal justice jobs above appeals to you, click on the link to get detailed job descriptions and salary information. Then request information from the schools below and apply for your criminal justice associate's degree today.

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, Melbourne, Pembroke Pines, Daytona Beach, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Coral Springs, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Maitland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Lakeland, Tampa, Melbourne, Orange Park

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Gainesville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Orange Park

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Miami

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AS)

Campuses: Tampa, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Orlando, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines, Lakeland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Baltimore

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Beltsville, Towson

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

New Jersey Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Cherry Hill, Willingboro

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Plano, Stafford, Cedar Hill

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Garland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Friendswood

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Arlington, Laredo, Beaumont, Fort Worth

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

Campuses: Amarillo, Lubbock

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

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Campuses: San Antonio

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AS)

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Campuses: Allen

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Mississippi Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Jacksonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Columbus, Douglasville, Lithonia, Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Roswell, Morrow

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Norcross

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAB)

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Manassas, Ashburn, Chesapeake, Newport News, Alexandria, Arlington, Midlothian, Glen Allen, Various Locations, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Newport News, Chesapeake

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  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Lynchburg

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Occupational Science - Criminal Justice

District of Columbia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Washington

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: North Charleston, Greenville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Charleston

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Greenville

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Nashville, Memphis

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Chattanooga

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate - Criminal Justice

Delaware Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Newark

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

West Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Scott Depot

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Alabama Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Huntsville, Birmingham

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Huntersville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Concord, Morrisville, Charlotte

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Charlotte

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

Campuses: Wilmington, Fayetteville

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Trevose, Pittsburgh, Warrendale, Center Valley, Philadelphia, Springfield, King of Prussia

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Pittsburgh

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  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Pittsburgh

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Carlisle, Allentown, Pottsville, Hazleton, Dickson City, Sunbury, Wilkes-Barre

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Specialized Business - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Wyomissing

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Specialized Business - Criminal Justice

Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Metairie

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Shreveport

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Monroe, Shreveport

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Occupational Studies - Criminal Justice

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Thornton, Colorado Springs, Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Colorado Springs

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: La Puente, Anaheim, Reseda, Ontario, Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Salida, Riverside, Vista, San Diego, Bakersfield, Chula Vista, Palm Springs

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

Campuses: Salida, San Francisco, Rancho Cordova, Concord, Milpitas, Fresno, Roseville, Hayward, Stockton, Salinas

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (Associate Degree)

Campuses: Stockton, San Jose, San Leandro, Citrus Heights

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Los Angeles, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

Washington Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Bremerton, Fife, Everett

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Hawaii Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Honolulu

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Honolulu

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (Associate Degree)

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cleveland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Cincinnati, Canton, Findlay

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAB)

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Campuses: Cuyahoga Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Cincinnati

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Dayton, Independence, Columbus

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Business- Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Grove City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Chillicothe, Jackson

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Arkansas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Little Rock

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

Oregon Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Portland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Portland

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (Associate Degree)

Campuses: Wilsonville, Springfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Utah Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Salt Lake City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Provo

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Layton, Murray

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: West Jordan, Orem, Layton

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

New York Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: New York

Degrees Offered:

  • A.A.S. in Security Services and Management

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Campuses: Patchogue

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

Arizona Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Phoenix, Mesa

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Phoenix, Tucson

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AS)

Campuses: Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Nevada Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Henderson

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Indiana Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Indianapolis

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

Campuses: Indianapolis, Merrillville, Michigan City

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AS)

Campuses: Anderson, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Elkhart

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate - Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Business

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (Online)

Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Hopkinsville, Ft. Mitchell, Louisville

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAB)

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Campuses: Florence

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Owensboro, Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, Bellevue

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Cedar Falls, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Bettendorf

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: St. Joseph

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Fenton

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

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Campuses: Kansas City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Tulsa

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

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Campuses: Oklahoma City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice

Idaho Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Boise

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AS)

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Campuses: Meridian

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Salina, Lenexa

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

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Campuses: Overland Park

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

New Mexico Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Albuquerque

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (AAS)

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Campuses: Albuquerque

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Waite Park, Rochester, Elk River, Lakeville, Blaine, Brooklyn Center

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Minneapolis, Woodbury

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  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Roseville

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Middleton, Madison, Rothschild, Onalaska, Green Bay, Eau Claire

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Sioux Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Sioux Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Connecticut Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Southington

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

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