Criminal Justice in Tennessee

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Tennessee


Approximately 0.8% of graduates in of Tennessee receive criminal justice degrees every year. That means an estimated 1,182 criminal justice professionals graduate from Tennessee's 46 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Martin Methodist College, which was ranked 38th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Tennessee that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Pulaski. In 2010, 19 students graduated from Martin Methodist College's criminal justice program. Martin Methodist College charged in-state students $19,518 in tuition fees per year.

University of Memphis, which is located in Memphis, is the second-ranked school in Tennessee that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 40th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of Memphis graduated 75 students from its criminal justice program. Tuition at University of Memphis was $6,780 per year.

Cumberland University, which is located in Lebanon, is the third-ranked school in Tennessee that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 49th in the country in 2010. 14 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Cumberland University in 2010. Students at Cumberland University paid $18,256 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Tennessee's criminal justice schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,861 per year, though tuition can range from $19,812 per year to $3,057 per year. In 2010, the following Tennessee criminal justice schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Argosy University-Nashville - located in Nashville, students are charged $19,812 per year
  2. Martin Methodist College - located in Pulaski, students are charged $19,518 per year
  3. Lambuth University - located in Jackson, students are charged $19,500 per year

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

  1. Nashville State Community College - located in Nashville, students are charged $3,057 per year
  2. Columbia State Community College - located in Columbia, students are charged $3,073 per year
  3. Cleveland State Community College - located in Cleveland, students are charged $3,101 per year

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

Some of the most popular jobs criminal justice graduates in Tennessee pursue include special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer. In 2010, there were 37,550 criminal justice professional working in Tennessee, including 9,710 correctional officers, 1,570 special agents, and 660 private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Tennessee criminal justice professionals:

  1. Crittenden County - 10,280 criminal justice professionals
  2. Cannon County - 9,410 criminal justice professionals
  3. Anderson County - 3,570 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in Tennessee will grow by 10%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 44,920 criminal justice professionals working in Tennessee. The greatest growth for criminal justice professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 20% by 2018.

Salary

On average, criminal justice professionals earn $38,984 per year. However, Tennessee criminal justice professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,750 per year to more than $122,720 per year in 2010. Criminal justice professionals in the following Tennessee counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Anderson County - $43,707 per year
  2. Crittenden County - $40,993 per year
  3. Hawkins County - $38,612 per year

The following counties in Tennessee have the lowest average salaries for criminal justice professional:

  1. Bradley County - $21,330 per year
  2. Christian County - $29,530 per year
  3. Campbell County - $30,388 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Tennessee were:

  1. Special Agent - $58,730 per year
  2. Private Detective - $48,720 per year
  3. Transit Police Officer - $42,790 per year

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

  1. Bailiff - $28,140 per year
  2. Security Guard - $23,390 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Tennessee statistics regarding a career in criminal justice. Take a look and compare salaries with various 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 Tennessee
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Tennessee
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Tennessee
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Tennessee

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 21,280 $23,390 1.9%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 9,710 $31,770 21.5%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4,000 $39,350 1.5%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,570 $58,730 -32.0%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators 660 $48,720
6
Bailiffs 280 $28,140 -33.3%
7
Transit and Railroad Police 50 $42,790 -50.0%
 

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