Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Alaska

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Alaska. 

Alaska is one of the most unique members of the United States. Bordered by Canada to the east, the remainder of the state is surrounded by water, including the Arctic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, with Russia just west of Bering Strait. Alaska is also the largest state in the union by area, although much of the land is uninhabited. The state is currently facing a 6.9 percent unemployment rate, well below the national average of 9.5 percent. There are several colleges and universities in Alaska, although the state suffers from a problem called "brain drain," which involves the state’s brightest young people moving away after high school and never returning. To combat this problem, the state has begun offering partial scholarships to the University of Alaska for students that graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The four-year universities are all part of the University of Alaska system, and include the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Southeast. There are also several two-year colleges, and private and trade schools available.

In 2008, there were fewer than 50,000 crimes reported in Alaska. The majority of these crimes (20,577) were categorized as property crimes. Other top crimes included larceny or theft (15,291), violent crimes (4,421), burglary (3,597), and aggravated assault (3,232). As of 2009, Alaska ranked 1st in the United States for forcible rapes, reporting around 500 last year, 35th in robbery, 6th in aggravated assault and 25th in murder. These numbers indicate that for every 100,000 Alaskan residents, approximately 73 will be forcibly raped, 2,200 will experience theft, 460 will be assaulted, and three will be murdered. As with other states, the majority of these crimes are committed by males in metropolitan areas, which include Anchorage, the largest city, College, Fairbanks, Juneau, the capital city, and Wasilla. Because of the state’s size, an average of only two crimes are committed every square mile, which is well below the national average of 50 crimes per square mile. This information was compiled from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Reports.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in AK

Kaplan University Capella University University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Alaska? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Alaska Employment: 50

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $40.29

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $83,790

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Alaska Employment: 1,090

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $23.71

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $49,310

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Alaska Employment: 110

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $35.91

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $74,690

First Line Supervisors/ Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Alaska Employment: 70

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $35.76

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $74,370

First Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Alaska Employment: 290

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $39.58

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $81,230

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Alaska Employment: 960

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $50.47

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $104,970

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Alaska Employment: 670

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $25.31

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $52,640

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Alaska Employment: 1,200

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $29.66

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $61,700

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Alaska Employment: 100

Alaska Hourly Mean Wage: $28.68

Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $59,650

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes