Law Enforcement Degrees and Careers

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Over the past several years law enforcement degrees have become an increasingly popular choice for those looking to enter the field of law enforcement or to advance their career.  As society becomes more technologically oriented, the need for a more complex law enforcement system has come into play and a strong emphasis has been placed on security in both the private and public sector. Due to this, the law enforcement industry is also changing and growing and career opportunities within the field are good.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook*, the median national annual salary for several law enforcement careers is below:

Police Patrol Officer $55,270
Correctional Officer $38,970
Security Guard $24,020
Sheriff / Police Supervisor $78,270
Police and Detectives $56,980
Fire Inspector $53,990

*Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers; Correctional Officers; Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers; First Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives; Police and Detectives; Fire Inspectors and Investigators.

The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Along with the surge of law enforcement career opportunities comes a rising demand for individuals with higher education. It is a known fact that many law enforcement agencies are encouraging applicants to take post-secondary school coursework in law enforcement related subjects.  In fact, many police academies require that applicants have at least an associate’s law enforcement degree and many applicants today hold bachelor’s degrees in law enforcement or criminal justice.

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For current law enforcement professionals, higher paying jobs await, but many require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in law enforcement or criminal justice. Fortunately, a large number of accredited colleges and universities have responded appropriately by adding law enforcement degree and Criminal Justice degree programs to their curriculums.   Many schools provide professionals with the flexibility of online and distance learning law enforcement degree and criminal justice degree programs so they can pursue their educational goals without interrupting their law enforcement career.

A law enforcement degree may prepare you for a variety of exciting and rewarding positions. Whether you want to study to become a police officer, a correction officer, a bodyguard, or a private security officer, getting a degree in law enforcement or criminal justice could help you reach your career goals.  Browse our featured law enforcement and criminal justice schools below and request free information that could help you find the degree you are looking for.

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Barrie, Kitchener, Hamilton, Sudbury, Scarborough, Nepean, Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Law Enforcement Foundations

Campuses: Kingston, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Burlington, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Falls, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • Private Security Certificate

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Law Enforcement

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.