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Georgia State Criminal Justice DegreesDid you know that Georgia was the first state to have a state-chartered university? It was the University of Georgia in 1785. This idea of a public university was “built on the principles that free government depends on an educated citizenry and everyone has a right to education,” states the UGA’s Office of Public Service and Outreach.

Inspired to expand your knowledge and kick start your career? Whether you live in or are thinking of relocating to Georgia, or being a distance learner at one of the state’s schools, there are a number of quality colleges and universities in the Peach State, and plenty of choice for those interested in a criminal justice or legal career.

Criminal justice schools in Georgia offer both campus and online programs. You can choose between Certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor degrees and even graduate school. Programs range from criminal justice degrees to law enforcement degrees, homeland security degrees, paralegal or legal studies degrees, crime analysis degrees and more. Check out the list of campus and online criminal justice schools in Georgia below. You can request more information at the click of a button.

Georgia Criminal Justice Career Outlook

When considering completing a criminal justice or legal degree in Georgia, and ultimately pursuing a career, it’s important to keep up-to-date with employment outlook and salary data. Employment outlook refers to the percentage growth or increase of jobs for a certain occupation within a certain time frame. (This is not the only data to consider. Job openings not only arise from employment growth, but also from openings when people retire or move on for other reasons). In the following table, we provide you with occupational data of some criminal justice careers in Georgia., The data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Projections Central (which sources data from state employment agencies in cooperation with the BLS).

Georgia Criminal Justice & Legal Job Outlook & Georgia Criminal Justice Salary

Career

Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Annual Median Salary (May 2013)

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

6.6%

$36,620

Correctional Officers and Jailers

4.3%

$27,940

Court Reporters

10.6%

$47,350

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

2.8%

$45,800

Private Detectives and Investigators

9.3%

$46,340

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

27.6%

$51,360

Lawyers

18.8%

$119,080

Security Guards

10.9%

$22,250

Forensic Science Technicians

9.0%

$26,990

Employment Growth Data for 2010-2020, was obtained from Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm Georgia and each individual occupation were selected among the “Search” drop down menus to yield “% Change” data. (Projections Central also provides average annual opening stats for many occupations).

Annual Median Salary (May 2013) was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by visiting http://data.bls.gov/oes/search.jsp?data_tool=OES We selected “Multiple occupations for one geographical area”, followed by “State” followed by “Georgia” among the search criteria. Then for each of the Occupation titles, we selected “All data types” to collect “Annual Median Wage” data.

Top Criminal Justice Employers & Agencies

Georgia boasts many employment settings for criminal justice and legal professionals, from small firms to state-wide agencies. For example, The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), headquartered in Glynco functions as a training organization for 91 federal agencies and partner organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service and other Homeland Security departments, the Department of Defense and the FBI. If you are attending one of the criminal justice schools in Georgia or elsewhere, you may have the opportunity to complete a college internship at FLETC. To be eligible, you must be taking a criminal justice, criminology, psychology, computer forensics, forensic science, law or another related degree. FLETC is also one of Georgia’s important employers. It hires experts to conduct the myriad of training programs, from search and seizure and investigation to computer crimes detection and marine law enforcement.

The Georgia Department of Corrections is a major employer in Georgia. If you would like to work for this state agency, criminal justice schools in Georgia offer degrees in corrections, law enforcement and other related areas to help you start your correctional or probation officer career. Additionally, Georgia boasts three U.S. Secret Services offices (in Albany, Atlanta and Savannah) and a Homeland Security Special-Agent-in-Charge field office in Atlanta. Several different roles are needed at these federal organizations. If you are interested, you can choose to take a criminal justice degree in Georgia majoring in homeland security, counterterrorism, cyber security or another relevant discipline.

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Article By Michelle Brunet