If working in the field of criminal justice seems like a good fit and you’d like to obtain your training in Illinois, you have many schools from which to choose.
IL Criminal Justice Programs
Illinois currently has about 98 schools that offer criminal justice programs. Students can choose from 95 undergraduate degrees and 12 graduate degrees and various areas of study, including criminal justice, law enforcement, private security, business administration, paralegal studies and parole officer, among others.
Levels of study include certificate, associate, bachelor and master degree programs. In addition to offering various criminal justice schools, Illinois also has various organizations to help students achieve their career goals in criminal justice.
Criminal Justice Scholarships
Aspiring criminal justice students may obtain financial assistance from scholarships like the Illinois State Scholarship Commission Police/Fire Scholarship; Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship; Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship; IFC Foundation Scholarship Program; and Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Wages of criminal justice and law enforcement workers in Illinois vary by occupation. Some may have higher wages but low predicted employment growth. Illinois probation officers & correctional treatment specialists, for example, are predicted to have a -3 percent employment growth from 2010-2022 but had a 2014 average yearly wage of $71,000, which was higher than the national average. This profession is also expected to see about 70 new job openings per year.
Professions that had wages higher than the national average were first-line supervisors of police & detectives ($104,200); forensic science technicians ($85,900); correctional officers & jailers ($60,300); and police & sheriff’s patrol officers (71,600). Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers and private detectives & investigators both had earnings in 2014 that were lower than the national average. Although police & sheriff’s patrol officers in Illinois are predicted to see no employment growth, they are predicted to see about 1,050 new job openings per year.
The occupations that are predicted to see the highest employment growth from 2012-2022 are criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers and private detectives & investigators, which should see growths of twelve percent and eleven percent, respectively. These figures and percentages came from O*NET.