Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Wyoming

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 Wyoming.

Wyoming has one of the smallest economies in the nation, producing only $27.4 billion in 2005, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, though it also has a very good unemployment rate, which was at 6.8 percent in August 2010, far below the national average. The main industries behind Wyoming’s economy are mineral extraction and tourism. The mineral extraction industry created over $6.7 billion of taxable revenue for the state in 2001, and the tourism industry produced $2 billion on account of the six million people who visit Wyoming’s state parks yearly. Wyoming’s higher education performs very well when students actually enroll, graduating fifty-seven percent of college students within six years or less. Unfortunately, the system suffers due to its affordability, in residents’ participation, and in the benefits it provides for the state. Only a small fraction of Wyoming residents have a bachelor’s degree, and this negatively affects the state’s economy, according to The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

As of 2009, Wyoming is the 7th safest state in the nation, according to CQ Press, and it is ranked slightly behind other western states like the Dakotas and Montana, and behind New England states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. In 2009, the state of Wyoming had a low murder rate of 2.4, and between 2008 and 2009 it experienced a fifteen point drop in the rate of aggravated assault among its residents. According to the state’s attorney general’s report concerning 2009 crime rates, enforcement agencies across the state were able to clear one hundred percent of the murders, and eighty percent of the aggravated assaults that year. Other crimes in Wyoming have decreased in recent years, though between 2008 and 2009 it saw one tenth of a point increase in its murder rate and a six point increase in vehicle theft. It’s most common crimes are related to theft and destruction of property.

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 WY

Kaplan University University of Phoenix Capella University

Cheyenne Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Wyoming? 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

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Wyoming Employment: 820

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $18.96

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $39,440

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Wyoming Employment: 220

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $29.55

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $61,470

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Wyoming Employment: 110

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $27.02

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $56,210

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Wyoming Employment: 290

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $32.64

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $67,890

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Wyoming Employment: 80

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $26.13

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $54,350

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Wyoming Employment: 50

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $36.43

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $75,780

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Wyoming Employment: 40

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $14.33

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $29,800

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Wyoming Employment: 720

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $44.29

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $92,120

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Wyoming Employment: 460

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $17.30

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $35,990

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Wyoming Employment: 1,360

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $22.45

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $46,690

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Wyoming Employment: N/A

Wyoming Hourly Mean Wage: $21.6

Wyoming Annual Mean Wage: $44,930

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