Students who want to attend school in North Carolina to earn a criminal justice degree can choose from 102 colleges and universities located throughout North Carolina.
These schools offer 102 undergraduate programs and six graduate degree programs as well as some online programs. Aspiring criminal justice students can choose from many areas of study, including forensic science, law enforcement training academy, paralegal studies, forensic science and more.
Criminal Justice Scholarships in North Carolina
There are several places where criminal justice students in North Carolina can receive assistance through scholarships. Some possibilities include Chartered State Association Youth Scholarship, American Association of State Troopers, North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and North Carolina Highway Patrol as well as various national scholarships.
Some colleges in North Carolina also offer scholarships like Fayetteville State University, which offers undergraduate criminal justice scholarships.
NC Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Criminal justice workers in North Carolina are expected to see a fairly good job growth from 2012-2022, according to a report by O*NET. The workers with the highest projected growth are social workers, all other; lawyers; private detectives & investigators; and criminal justice & law enforcement teachers, post-secondary, which are predicted to see job growth of twenty-four percent, eighteen percent, fifteen percent and fourteen percent, respectively.
Several occupations are expected to see many new job openings. Correctional officers & jailers are expected to see 620 job openings annually while police & sheriff’s patrol officers should see 730, lawyers should see 510 and first-line supervisors of police & detectives should see about 170 per year. Overall, criminal justice personnel in North Carolina are earning wages lower than the national average.
In 2014, detectives & criminal investigators earned an average of $46,300 while police & sheriff’s patrol officers earned $39,600 and correctional officers and jailers earned $30,000.