Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Colorado

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 Colorado.

Colorado is commonly referred to as "the Rocky State." With more than 42 state parks filled with forests and grasslands, it’s a state ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, according to the State’s website. More than 4.8 million people reside in Colorado, the majority of whom are located in the biggest cities: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Lakewood, and Fort Collins. Population is projected to increase by 20 percent within the next 15 years, an estimated 18 percent above the national average, according to a statewide report administered by the Public Policy of Higher Education. While the report says that a large portion of residents have earned a bachelor’s degree, it does not necessarily strengthen the state’s economic profile. As of August 2010, Colorado had an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report did say, however, that Colorado ranked decently in overall school performance. According to the most recent statistics available, in 2008 about 30 percent of students were enrolled in a community college, and 48 percent in public four-year college or university. Colorado was also one of the top performing states for awarding the most certificates and bachelor’s degrees.

The crime rate in Colorado is about 13 percent lower than the national average rate, according to the most recent statistics available from the National Institute of Corrections. Property crimes such as home burglaries and auto thefts accounted for most of all crimes in Colorado in 2008. The remaining 9.4 percent accounted for violent crimes, such as rape, murder and assault. According to the Institution, violent crimes committed in Colorado are about 25 percent lower than other states. Among the most crime-riddled cities are Denver and Aurora; among the safest is Colorado Springs. The 57 jail facilities located within Colorado’s 63 counties have a combined inmate capacity of 14,070. With the exception of Denver, all facilities are operated by the Sheriff’s Department. The Department of Corrections, along with its staff of more than 6,000 employees, operate and manage the 25 different prison facilities and 23,274 inmates. According to the Institution, Colorado has a 4 percent higher rate than the national average for the number of incarcerated adults per 100,000 persons.

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 CO

Kaplan University Capella University University of Phoenix

Colorado Springs Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix DeVry University Kaplan University

Fort Collins Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Greenwood Village Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University

Westminster Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix Kaplan University DeVry University

Thornton Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Aurora Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Colorado? 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

Colorado Employment: 160

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: N/A

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: N/A

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Colorado Employment: 100

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $31.95

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $66,460

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Colorado Employment: 80

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $21.04

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $43,770

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Colorado Employment: 7,520

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $22.19

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $46,160

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Colorado Employment: 430

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $37.64

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $78,300

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $34.93

National Mean Annual Wage: $72,650

Colorado Employment: 1,790

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $34.93

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $72,650

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Colorado Employment: 610

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $32.03

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $66,630

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Colorado Employment: 1,270

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $41.19

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $85,670

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Colorado Employment: 210

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $24.90

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $51,800

Judges, Magistrates Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Colorado Employment: 590

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $58.38

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $121,440

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Colorado Employment: 260

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $21.6

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $44,920

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Colorado Employment: 10,590

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $59.14

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $123,010

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Colorado Employment: 4,430

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $23.83

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $49,570

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Colorado Employment: 9,700

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $28.75

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $59,790

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Colorado Employment: 400

Colorado Hourly Mean Wage: $21.26

Colorado Annual Mean Wage: $44,220

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