Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Oregon

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 Oregon.

Oregon’s $161.6 billion economy is largely based on agriculture and the lumber industry, though the lumber industry has significantly declined over the past few years due to forest fires and management disputes over the land. The technology and electronics industries are also large employers in the state, though Nike remains the largest employer, given its roots at the University of Oregon. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate in the state of Oregon was 10.6 percent as of August 2010, a little over the national average. Despite the poor employment rate, the educational system in Oregon does fairly well for its students. Higher education in Oregon does a good job preparing its students to enter the workforce, with 57 percent of students earning their bachelor’s degrees within six years. The state directly benefits from the high proportion of residents who have earned a college degree; however, due to the current economic problems, graduates have recently struggled to find work in the state.

According to CQ Press, Oregon ranked 20th for overall crimes in 2009, and other reports seem to agree with this assessment, placing Oregon in the middle of the nation concerning its overall crime rates. Like those of many other states, the most common crimes in Oregon in 2009 related to property crimes, such as larceny and burglary, and the most common violent crime was aggravated assault. Fortunately, Oregon seems to have followed the general trend for the nation in that its crime rates have slowly fallen over the past decade, despite some small increases here and there. For example, the crime to have declined the most between 2008 and 2009 was theft, though aggravated assault saw a slight uptick. Crime in Oregon is generally focused on Portland, which is ranked 53rd in violent crime out of 75 U.S. cities with populations greater than 250,000, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime report in 2009.

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 OR

Kaplan University Capella University University of Phoenix

Clackamas Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Hillsboro Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Portland Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Kaplan University DeVry University ITT-Tech Campus

Salem Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Oregon? 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

Oregon Employment: 320

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $33.60

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $69,880

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Oregon Employment: 130

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $31.08

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $64,650

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Oregon Employment: 50

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $18.24

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $37,940

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Oregon Employment: 4,260

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $22.89

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $47,610

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Oregon Employment: 130

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $48.36

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $100,590

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Oregon Employment: 640

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $32.88

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $68,400

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Oregon Employment: 400

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $33.88

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $70,480

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Oregon Employment: 1,190

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $37.88

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $78,790

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

Oregon Employment: 360

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $51.55

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $107,230

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Oregon Employment: 180

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $26.41

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $54,930

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Oregon Employment: 5,050

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $46.42

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $96,560

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Oregon Employment: 2,350

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $24.35

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $50,640

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Oregon Employment: 5,150

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $27.40

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $56,990

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Oregon Employment: 260

Oregon Hourly Mean Wage: $20.59

Oregon Annual Mean Wage: $42,840

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