Employment In Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice is rapidly growing.  In both public and private sectors there are expanding job opportunities for individuals with a background in criminal justice. Some areas in which employment opportunities are available include law enforcement, corrections, courts services, and security.

Nationwide and statewide data and projections for jobs related to criminal justice indicate a robust employment picture with projected strong growth in both private and public sectors. The table below summarizes projected increases nationwide through 2012 for several occupations.

Job Classification Projected Increase
Probation Officers and Correctional
Treatment Specialists
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 13.7
Legal Support Workers 18.7
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 28.7
Court Reporters 12.7
Protective Service Occupations 24.7
Law Enforcement Workers 23.9
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected job growth to 2014 and current median annual salaries for select occupations in New York State are summarized in the table below. Projected increase categories are based on the expected number of new job openings and expected rate of growth.

Job Classification Projected Increase Median Salary
Paralegals and Legal Assistants very favorable $50,400
Detectives and Criminal Investigators very favorable $63,300
Legal Support Workers favorable $43,900
Source: New York State Department of Labor

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