Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Nebraska

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 Nebraska.

Those who live in Nebraska enjoy the Midwestern charm of its small farming communities as well as the hustle and bustle of larger metropolitan areas at Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha is by far the largest city in Nebraska, with cultural offerings including museums, a zoo and a lively performing arts scene. Despite Nebraska’s rural reputation, college life here is vibrant. Lincoln, home to the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus, is a major college town. Huskers football is hugely popular statewide, with capacity crowds of devoted fans flooding Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium for home games. Nebraska also has numerous other public and private universities, colleges and community colleges. The cost of living here is lower than the national average, according to Nebraska’s official government website. Job-seekers here will be glad to hear the unemployment rate in Nebraska as of August 2010 was 4.6 percent, among the lowest in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who wish to enter careers in criminal justice in Nebraska should be aware of the state’s crime statistics. Out of 53,105 total crimes reported in 2009, 48,215 were property crimes and 4,890 were violent crimes, according to the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. The number of crimes reported in Nebraska decreased 4 percent between 2008 and 2009, with violent crime in particular decreasing 10 percent, according to the commission. Violent crimes include murder, rape and robbery. Property crimes, which are much more prevalent than violent crimes, decreased 4 percent from 2008 to 2009, the commission noted. Property crimes include burglary, theft and arson. Even in the state’s largest cities of Omaha and Lincoln, crime decreased 4 percent and 2 percent respectively, the commission showed. In 2008, the crime rate in Nebraska was 13 percent lower than the national average, according to the National Institute of Corrections.

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 NE

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Omaha Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus

Interested in a criminal justice career in Nebraska? 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

Nebraska Employment: 30

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $39.60

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $82,360

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Nebraska Employment: 30

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $31.06

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $64,600

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Nebraska Employment: 70

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $20.64

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $42,930

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Nebraska Employment: 1,910

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $14.88

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $30,950

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Nebraska Employment: 50

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $24.18

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $50,290

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Nebraska Employment: 310

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $28.36

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $58,980

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Nebraska Employment: 310

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $21.32

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $44,340

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Nebraska Employment: 660

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $30.61

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $63,660

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Nebraska Employment: 200

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $16.58

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $34,490

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Nebraska Employment: 2,480

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $46.98

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $97,710

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Nebraska Employment: 1,080

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $18.90

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $39,310

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Nebraska Employment: 3,420

Nebraska Hourly Mean Wage: $21.36

Nebraska Annual Mean Wage: $44,430

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

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