Regardless of what type of criminal justice career you might be considering, chances are you’ll find it at one of the 42 colleges and universities in Washington that offer criminal justice training programs. With 42 undergraduate degrees and 3 graduate degrees, students can pursue various areas of study. Students may even be able to earn a criminal justice career through distance learning.
Criminal Justice Scholarships
Washington also has several organizations and programs offer scholarships, including the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program, Retired Washington State Patrol Employees Association Scholarship Fund Program, Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, Washington State Patrol, American Association of State Troopers and Washington State Fair Foundation.
Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending
Criminal justice workers in Washington should see consistent employment opportunities. According to the BLS, lawyers, police & patrol officers, and jailers & correction officers should see about 670, 300 and 200 job postings annually.
Overall, criminal justice workers in Washington earned wages higher than the national averages. Fire inspectors & investigators earned $91,100 in 2014, and the national average was $56,100. Police & patrol officers and criminal investigators & detectives earned $72,700 and $92,000, respectively while the national average for these two occupations was $56,800 and $79,900.
Predicted employment for criminal justice careers for 2012-2022 range from about three percent to twenty-three percent, according to O*NET. Criminal investigators & inspectors are predicted to see a six percent job growth; investigators & private detectives should see twenty percent, and social workers should see about fifteen percent.