Rhode Island may be a state that’s small in size, but not in educational options for students interested in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement.
While the state only has eight criminal justice schools and they only offer eight undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees, they offer much in the way of program and degree options.
For degrees, these schools offer certificate programs, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and even online programs. Areas of study include legal administrative secretary, law enforcement, paralegal studies, criminal justice, law enforcement administration, and information management and security.
Criminal Justice Scholarships Available in Rhode Island
Rhode Island students can also receive financial help through grants and scholarships that may be offered through organizations like the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, Rhode Island State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, Rhode Island Foundation and State of Rhode Island Police.
Funding may also come from scholarships like the Memorial Fire and Police Department Grant and the Orlando J. Bisbano Meritorious Scholarship Fund. There are also various national scholarships available as well as those offered through individual colleges.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Several of the criminal justice occupations in Rhode Island saw wages higher than the national averages in 2014, according to an O*NET report. Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates earned $182,400, an amount much higher than the national average of $115,100.
Correctional officers & jailers earned $61,900, and criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers earned $77,300. The national average wages for these two professions were $39,800 and $57,200, respectively. O*NET also indicates that criminal justice workers are not predicted to see high job growth from 2012-2022.
Lawyers were projected to see a nine percent job growth, but a -3 growth was predicted for first-line supervisors of police & detectives. In 2014, social workers earned $71,800; correctional officers & jailers earned $61,900, and police & sheriff’s patrol officers earned $55,700.