Individuals in Pennsylvania who aspire to become part of the criminal justice field can earn degrees from any one of 128 colleges and universities located throughout the state, and they offer 125 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees.
Students can choose from forensic science, court reporting, security & investigation, homeland security, criminology, cyber security and paralegal studies to name just a few.
These schools, which include four –year colleges, universities, community colleges and training institutes, offer almost any degree level one could want.
Criminal Justice Scholarships Available in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania students may also find financial help through scholarships like the Ron & Cora Lee Children of Law Enforcement Officers Scholarship, Pennsylvania Post-secondary Educational Gratuity Program or the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund.
Organizations like the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, American Association of State Troopers and the Chartered State Association Youth Scholarship also offer scholarship assistance to criminal justice students.
There are also several national scholarships for criminal justice students.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Pennsylvania criminal justice specialists earned wages in 2014 that were very close to what the same workers earned in states across the nation with the exception of judges, according to O*NET.
Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates earned $66,100 in 2014 while the national average for these workers was $115,100. Predicted employment growth for 2012-2022 varied by occupation. Probation officers & correctional treatments specialists are predicted to see -2 job growths; however, private detectives & investigators and lawyers could see job growth up to eleven percent.
Some occupations can expect to see many new job postings each year. Police & sheriff’s patrol officers should see about 960 new postings annually; lawyers should see 840; correctional officers & jailers should see 500 and probation officers & correctional specialists should see about 110. These figures also came from O*NET.