Associate's Degree Programs in Administration of Justice

Learn about associate degree programs in administration of justice, and explore the typical curriculum for this type of program. Review career options associated with this degree, and find out about job outlooks and salaries. Schools offering Juris Doctor degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice?

An associate degree program in administration of justice provides basic training on various aspects of law enforcement. You will receive instruction in subjects including criminal investigations and legal document preparation. Related programs, such as criminal justice, are also available. Some schools may offer distance learning options.

Program DetailsFocuses on law enforcement, criminal investigations and legal document preparation; online learning available at some schools
Common CoursesCriminal law, criminology, forensics, juvenile procedures, corrections
Career OptionsCorrectional officer, police officer, gaming surveillance officer
Job Outlooks (2014-2024)5% growth* (for police and sheriff's patrol officers); 4% growth* (for correctional and probation officers); 7% decrease* (for gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

Your curriculum may include coursework on the principles of the justice system, corrections, investigations, criminal law and juvenile procedures. You may also receive training on the legal aspects of evidence, report writing for peace officers, patrol administration and operations, criminal forensics, drug enforcement and criminology. Some schools also offer specialized coursework, such as reserve officer training.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

You could have many different types of employers among federal, state and local government agencies, as well as commercial enterprises. Possible job titles include police officer, correctional officer and gaming surveillance officer.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the employment rate of police officers and sheriff's patrol officers will increase by 5% between 2014 and 2024. As of May 2015, the average annual salary for these occupations is $61,270.

From 2014 to 2024, the employment rate of correctional officers is projected to increase by 4%. The annual mean salary for this occupation is $45,320. For gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators, the average annual wage is $33,880. The employment rate for this occupation is expected to decline 7% from 2014 to 2024.

You may also use your associate degree as a foundation for entering into a bachelor's degree program. The BLS reports that the minimum educational requirement for probation officers is usually a bachelor's degree. The employment rate for this profession is expected to increase by 4% between 2014 and 2024, and the average annual salary for a probation officer or correctional treatment specialist is $54,080.

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