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Online Law & Criminal Justice Degrees

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Students can choose to pursue an associate, bachelors, masters, or earn a certificate in criminal justice. It depends largely on what one does and how far they want to go. At any level, an online law and criminal justice degree is a safe bet simply from all the options from which one has to choose.

Newly graduated students will be able to pursue careers in fascinating and diverse fields such as crime scene investigation, police officer, private investigator, probation and parole officer, corrections officer, warden, and just about any criminal justice related field you can imagine. The only limit is how much training you decide to pursue. People who really wish to apply themselves can achieve careers at the national government level possibly in the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and others.

Online Degree Choices

Typically, an associates degree will entitle a person to pursue a career in law enforcement corrections, private security, paralegal, and more. A bachelors degree will further enhance and solidify one's training in their selected field and make them more attractive to potential employers. Also, a bachelors degree makes it possible to qualify for work as a social worker or probation officer to name a few. If you choose to seek a masters degree, you can expect to be eligible for positions as high as police chief, FBI agent, college or university professor, and more.

Career and Salary Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for positions such as law enforcement officers, supervisors, and detectives to grow around 11-percent through 2016 while growth potential for corrections officers, security guards, probation officers and others should see growth around 16 percent through 2016.

How much you can earn depends entirely upon chosen field, experience, and training. Most sheriff's deputies and police officers make an average of $50,000 annually. Police supervisors and managers can make over $72,000 while detectives and criminal investigators tend to make about $60,000.

Corrections officers, on the other hand can expect to earn a median income of nearly $37,000. Supervisors tend to do significantly better at almost $56,000. If you want to become a probation officer, you should expect to earn approximately $44,000.

Security guards, who typically don't require as much education and training, can make just under $23,000 per year.