Although there are only about 14 criminal justice schools in Maine, these schools do offer aspiring students 14 undergraduate degrees, three graduate degrees and fields of study that include criminal justice, paralegal studies, criminal justice administration, criminal justice & psychology, justice studies and forensic science.
These schools also offers levels of study ranging from one-year certificate programs to four-year bachelor degrees and also some master degrees as well as online programs. The online programs may be especially appealing to the student that is already working in law enforcement and wanting to pursue a degree to advance his or her education in the field.
Criminal Justice Scholarships in Maine
Students wishing to go to a criminal justice school in Maine may get assistance through scholarships such as the Maine Chiefs of Police Memorial Scholarship, the Law Enforcement Career Scholarship Program or the Captain Robert E. Wallingford, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The state of Maine also has a tuition waiver program for dependents of law enforcement officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Wages earned by criminal justice professionals in Maine for 2014 were lower than the national average for almost every profession other than judges, magistrate judges & magistrates, according to O*NET. Listed below are the most common criminal justice occupations with the average 2014 yearly salary, the employment growth percentage predicted for 2012-2022, and if the wages were higher or lower than the national average for that particular occupation.
- Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $116,500 – -3% – higher
- Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers – $62,400 – 9% – lower
- First-line supervisors of police & detectives $58,400 – -3% – lower
- Detectives & criminal investigators – $55,400 – 0% – lower
- Correctional officers & jailers –$34,800 – -3% – lower
- Fish & game wardens –$49,000 – -4% – lower
- Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $42,800 – -3% – lower
- Fire inspectors & investigators – $41,800 – -3% – lower
- Forensic science technicians – $41,700 – -3% – lower
- Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $37,400 – -9% – lower