Utah Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

If you’re a Utah resident interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, there are 22 colleges and universities that offer criminal justice training programs ranging from certificate programs to master degree programs.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

You can choose from 21 undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees in many areas of study whether you’re interested in working as a sheriff, probation officer, detective or forensic technician.

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Aspiring criminal justice students can find scholarship opportunities through the Utah Highway Patrol Association, Utah Chiefs of Police Association and the Utah 1033 Foundation. Scholarship opportunities are also offered through some colleges like the Utah State University and Dixie State University.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

According to reports by O*NET, criminal justice specialists working in Utah can expect good job growth from 2012-2022. First-line supervisors of police & detectives should see about 70 new job postings annually, and police & patrol officers should see about 270 while jailers & correctional officers should see 100 new postings each year.

Below are the 2014 average wages in Utah, the predicted employment growth and the national average wages for the criminal justice positions.

  • Lawyers – $101,700 – 27% – $115,000
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $79,200 – 13% – $115,100
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $67,000 – 18% -$80,900
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $59,500 – 24% – $57,200
  • Criminal investigators & detectives – $59,000 – 13% – $79,900
  • Correctional facility specialists & probation officers – $47,600 – 4% – $49,100
  • Police & patrol officers – $46,600 – 19% – $56,800
  • Forensic science technicians – $45,900 – 17% – $55,400
  • Social workers, all other – $39,400 – 8% – $59,100
  • Jailers & correctional officers –$38,200 – 13% – $39,800
  • Investigators &private detectives – $35,900 – 25% – $44,600