Criminal Justice in Florida

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Florida


Around 1.5% of Florida's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 7,349 criminal justice professionals graduate from Florida's 108 criminal justice schools.

Top Schools

University of Central Florida, which is located in Orlando, is the top-ranked school in Florida that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 20th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Central Florida graduated 412 students from its criminal justice program. University of Central Florida charged in-state students $5,021 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Florida with a criminal justice program is University of South Florida-Main Campus, which is located in Tampa. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, 27 students graduated from University of South Florida-Main Campus criminal justice program. University of South Florida-Main Campus charged in-state students $5,198 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Florida with a criminal justice program is Florida International University, which is located in Miami. In 2010, it was ranked 31st nationwide. 333 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Florida International University in 2010. Florida International University charged in-state students $5,102 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at Florida's criminal justice schools ranges from $32,294 per year to $2,158 per year. But, the average tuition is $9,616 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Florida criminal justice schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Florida Institute of Technology - located in Melbourne, students are charged $32,294 per year
  2. Lynn University - located in Boca Raton, students are charged $30,900 per year
  3. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach - located in Daytona Beach, students are charged $29,728 per year

The criminal justice schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Florida were:

  1. Palm Beach State College - located in Lake Worth, students are charged $2,158 per year
  2. Santa Fe College - located in Gainesville, students are charged $2,167 per year
  3. Pensacola State College - located in Pensacola, students are charged $2,179 per year

A criminal justice degree from a Florida school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs criminal justice graduates in Florida pursue include special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer. In 2010, there were 141,590 criminal justice professional working in Florida, including 33,960 correctional officers, 6,960 special agents, and 2,810 private detectives. In Florida, the largest numbers of criminal justice professional work in the following counties:

  1. Miami-Dade County - 24,970 criminal justice professionals
  2. Hernando County - 16,600 criminal justice professionals
  3. Lake County - 14,050 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of criminal justice professionals is expected to grow by 9% by 2018. There are projected to be 162,930 criminal justice professionals working in Florida then. Of these 162,930 criminal justice professionals, the government predicts that 35,100 will be correctional officers, 8,260 will be special agents, and 4,680 will be private detectives.

Salary

On average, criminal justice professionals earn $45,229 per year. However, this number is only an average. Criminal justice professional in Florida had varying salaries from $15,590 to $129,860 per year in 2010. The following counties in Florida have the highest average salaries for criminal justice professionals:

  1. Miami-Dade County - $53,383 per year
  2. Broward County - $51,568 per year
  3. Hernando County - $46,962 per year

On average, criminal justice professionals earn the least in the following Florida counties:

  1. Flagler County - $20,900 per year
  2. Marion County - $28,295 per year
  3. Charlotte County - $28,855 per year

The criminal justice professionals with highest average salaries in Florida were:

  1. Special Agent - $70,550 per year
  2. Private Detective - $48,080 per year
  3. Paralegal - $46,180 per year

On average, the lowest paid criminal justice professionals in Florida were:

  1. Correctional Officer - $39,710 per year
  2. Security Guard - $23,260 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Florida statistics regarding a career in criminal justice and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Florida
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Florida
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Florida
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice in Florida
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Florida

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 76,670 $23,260 7.9%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 33,960 $39,710 4.4%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 19,690 $46,180 13.7%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 6,960 $70,550 3.0%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators 2,810 $48,080 -10.2%
6
Bailiffs 1,370 $44,720 39.8%
7
Transit and Railroad Police 130 $44,100
 

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