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CRIMINAL JUSTICE


Employment Outlook

In law enforcement, 79 percent of the professionals are employed at the local level; 11 percent at the state level; and 7 percent at the federal level. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. The continued desire for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location. The median annual wage for police and detectives was $58,630 in May 2014 (Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Probation and correctional treatment specialist positions are available at the federal, state and local government levels, and also at private institutions. Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Limited state and local government funding for corrections will temper employment growth. However, job openings should be plentiful because many people leave the occupation each year. The median annual wage for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists was $49,060 in May 2014 (Occupational Outlook Handbook).

 


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