Individuals interested in careers in criminal justice have a few good criminal justice schools in Oregon. With 30 colleges and universities offering thirty undergraduate degree programs and two graduate degree programs, students have many options from which to choose.
Some of the majors offered in Oregon schools include criminal justice, legal office administration, court reporting and paralegal, among others.
Oregon Criminal Justice Scholarships
Once students choose a program, the cost of completing the program is often a concern. Oregon has several organizations that help criminal justice students through scholarship programs. Some of these include the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Police Officers Association, American Association of State Troopers, and Oregon Public Safety Officer Grant Program.
A scholarship beneficial to aspiring law students is the G. Russell Morgan Scholarship. Additionally, some of the colleges may also offer scholarships to deserving criminal justice or law enforcement students.
Oregon Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
According to reports by O*NET, Oregon criminal justice and law enforcement personnel earned wages in 2014 that were fairly consistent with similar workers nationwide.
Depending on the occupation, some Oregon wages were higher and others were lower than the national average. Private detectives & investigators, for instance, earned $37,100 in Oregon and the national average was $44,600. Correctional officers & jailers in Oregon earned $53,800 – an amount substantially higher than $39,800 that was earned nationwide.
Fire inspectors & investigators earned $85,100 in Oregon while the national average was $56,100. The projected employment growth percentage for the decade of 2012-2022 also varied by occupation. Private detectives & investigators and lawyers were predicted to see job growth of up to eighteen percent and fifteen percent while correctional officers and jailers are only expected to see a six percent growth, according to O*NET.
An interesting trend in Oregon is that the workers with the lowest wages seem to have the higher job growth potential.