Interested in working in the field of criminal justice and want to earn a degree in Nebraska? If so, you have about 22 schools from which to choose, including community colleges, teaching institutes, colleges and universities.
These schools offer 21 undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees in various fields of study. Some programs may even be offered online.
Criminal Justice Scholarships in Nebraska
If you’re like most students, cost is a factor, and earning a degree can become very costly. Fortunately, scholarships are available to criminal justice students through the Youth Scholarship Program, State Troopers Association of Nebraska, and Nebraska State Patrol.
There are also some national scholarships that may be available to criminal justice students such as the Irlet Anderson Scholarship Award, Charles L. Gittens Scholarship Award, STRIVE, and Concerns of Police Officers, Inc.
Scholarships may also be offered at some colleges, such as the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which offers opportunities through its School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers in Nebraska earned about $57,400 in 2014 and are predicted to see an employment growth of ten percent between 2012 and 2022, according to O*NET. The annual average wages for Nebraska detectives & criminal investigators; police & sheriff’s patrol officers; and correctional officers & jailers in 2014 were $63,100, $53,300 and $33,300, respectively.
Although each of these professions is predicted to see a slow job growth, their wages are all consistent with the national averages. Three occupations in Nebraska that saw yearly earnings noticeably lower than the national average are first-line supervisors of police & detectives ($61,900); judges, magistrate judges & magistrates ($44,400); and private detectives & investigators ($36,200).
The job growth predicted for criminal justice workers in Nebraska range from two percent to more than ten percent depending on the job.