Law Enforcement Degrees – Post Military Career Option

A transition to a law enforcement career is often times a very natural fit given the experience military veterans have with firearms, military intelligence, physical fitness and the strategic ability to work on teams.  However, often times, the military experience is not enough, so a degree can help boost your earnings potential.  There are many options available after your military career that best fit your experience and individual career interests.

Degree options to pursue a career in law enforcement include:

  • Computer Forensics Degrees
  • Corrections Degree
  • Crime-Scene Investigation Degree
  • Criminal Justice Degree
  • Forensic Psychology Degree
  • Homeland Security Degree

Compensation according to the Department of Labor’s National Compensation Survey:

Career Mean Earnings Median Earnings
Protective Service Jobs  $   40,234  $   34,549
First-line supervisors/managers, law enforcement workers  $   67,643  $   67,538
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers  $   49,730  $   47,362
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives  $   74,311  $   73,118
First-line supervisors/managers of firefighting and prevention workers  $   68,120  $   63,806
Fire fighters  $   53,393  $   51,372
Fire inspectors  $   46,288  $   38,286
Fire inspectors and investigators  $   46,293  $   38,286
Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers  $   39,135  $   35,379
Bailiffs  $   50,495  $   49,770
Correctional officers and jailers  $   38,881  $   35,128
Detectives and criminal investigators  $   58,172  $   56,299
Fish and game wardens  $   48,543  $   49,067
Parking enforcement workers  $   31,032  $   27,685
Police officers  $   54,720  $   53,685
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers  $   54,720  $   53,685
Animal control workers  $   29,507  $   28,933
Private detectives and investigators  $   30,306  $   29,696
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers  $   23,999  $   22,065
Security guards  $   23,906  $   21,882
Miscellaneous protective service workers  $   18,288  $   13,726
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers  $     9,242  $     3,528


 


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