Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Iowa

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 Iowa.

Iowa, a Midwestern state, is often called "America’s Heartland" and the "Food Capital of the World" because of its large food manufacturing industry. Plus, Iowa is home to the nation’s largest state fair, where people across the world come to experience all that the Midwest has to offer. The state is a political hot bed, hosting a very important primary every four years. Des Moines is Iowa’s state capital and largest city, with a population of around 560,000. The state’s current unemployment rate is 6.5 percent, which is much lower than the national average of 9.5 percent. Iowa currently boasts three public universities, including Iowa State University in Ames, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa are members of the Association of American Universities and are considered major research institutions. There are over 30 private colleges and universities throughout the state as well.

Iowa has often been voted one of the safest states to live. As such, there were only around 170,000 crimes reported to authorities in 2009. Of this number, the greatest included crimes against property (70,000) and larceny (50,000). Other common crimes in Iowa include burglary (16,000) and aggravated assault (6,000). With a population of around 3 million, the state has a crime index of around 77,838. These above statistics rank Iowa 35th in regards to violent crimes, 43rd in property crimes, 41st in murder, 31st in forcible rapes, 43rd in robbery and vehicle theft, and 44th in larceny. Compared to the national average for violent crimes (4.7 per 1,000 residents), Iowa’s state average is much lower at 2.95 per 1,000 residents. Because the state is so rural, Iowa’s crimes committed per square mile average of 5 is much lower than the national average of 50. Overall, it is fair to say that Iowa is a rather safe place to live.

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 IA

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Des Moines Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus University of Phoenix

Cedar Rapids Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

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

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Iowa Employment: N/A

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $28.15

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $58,550

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Iowa Employment: 3,240

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $20.24

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $42,090

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Iowa Employment: 320

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $27.20

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $56,570

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Iowa Employment: N/A

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $30.23

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $62,890

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Iowa Employment: 310

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $29.80

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $61,980

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Iowa Employment: 790

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $33.04

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $68,720

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Iowa Employment: 140

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $23.76

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $49,420

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Iowa Employment: 260

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $25.09

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $52,180

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Iowa Employment: 50

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $18.74

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $38,990

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Iowa Employment: 2,960

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $49.23

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $102,390

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Iowa Employment: 1,390

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $20.79

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $43,240

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Iowa Employment: 4,820

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $22.12

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $46,270

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Iowa Employment: 70

Iowa Hourly Mean Wage: $25.85

Iowa Annual Mean Wage: $53,770

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