New Jersey Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Individuals interested in pursuing criminal justice careers in New Jersey have 44 schools from which to choose as well as 42 undergraduate degrees and 12 graduate degrees.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Students can also choose from a wide selection of majors, including criminal justice, paralegals, corrections, criminal forensics, Homeland security, legal office administration, private security and law enforcement.

New Jersey Criminal Justice Scholarships

New Jersey offers several scholarship opportunities to help criminal justice students. Financial assistance may come from the Former New Jersey State Troopers Association, American Police Hall of Fame Educational Scholarship Fund, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, and the State Troopers Fraternal Association.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

O*NET reports that New Jersey criminal justice personnel overall earned average salaries in 2014 that were quite a bit higher than the national averages for those professions.

Some examples are judges, magistrate judges & magistrates; first-line supervisors of police & detectives; and police & sheriff’s patrol officers.

The trend among New Jersey criminal justice professionals appears to be that those with low or no job growth expected from 2012-2022 had the highest wages and are predicted to have the most job openings. Police & sheriff’s patrol officers are expected to see about 700 job postings per year while judges and supervisors should see about 100 postings annually. See chart below for wages, expected job growth and national average wages.

  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $168,700 – -4% – $115,100
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $125,300 – -2% -$80,900
  • Lawyers – $123,200 – 9% – $115,000 610
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – $101,700 – -2% – $79,900
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $92,200 – -1% – $56,800 110
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $75,300 – -8% – $49,100
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$73,200 – -36% – $39,800 270
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $69,600 – 8% – $57,200
  • Social workers, all other – $68,800 – -1% – $59,100
  • Private detectives & investigators – $65,100 – 11% – $44,600
  • Forensic science technicians – $52,600 – -3% -$55,400
  • Fire inspectors & investigators – $50,800 – -1% – $56,100