In the state of Oregon, criminal justice is considered to be a very lucrative and secure career field to go into. Best of all, it’s incredibly versatile. Those who have criminal justice backgrounds can choose from literally hundreds of different career paths and options.

It’s important to note, however, that the necessary educational and training requirements will vary somewhat from one career to the next. Therefore, it’s important that you have a strong, clear idea of what it is you wish to do and what you will need to do in order to make that happen before you enroll in any kind of training or educational program. Otherwise, you’re just wasting valuable time, money, and energy.

The good news, however, is that no matter what it is you are interested in doing, you can find an educational or training program to help you reach your goals. Oregon is home to several fine colleges and universities offering diverse programs in criminal justice.

Furthermore, there are also many online schools and less formal training programs to choose from. Just make sure that any school you choose is accredited and legitimate, so that you don’t end up with a useless degree or certificate.

A few popular options chosen by those with an interest in criminal justice in the state include Abdill Career College Incorporated, located in Medford, which has a certificate program in legal assistant and secretary, and ITT Technical Institute, located in beautiful and busy Portland, which offers an online associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, a traditional associate’s degree in paralegal studies, and an online bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice. Trade schools such as these tend to offer a quick, no-nonsense way to get an education in the field of your interest.

Of course, more traditional colleges, community colleges, and universities also exist throughout the state, and many people feel these are a better, more well-rounded way to get an education. Common choices in this category include Carrington College, located in Portland, which offers an associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

Central Oregon Community College, in Bend, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, juvenile corrections, and criminal justice; Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and juvenile justice, as well as certificate programs in basic corrections, basic law enforcement, juvenile corrections, and private security.

Clackamas Community College, in Oregon City, which offers online associate’s degrees in corrections and criminal justice, as well as a traditional associate’s degree in corrections, and certificates in corrections and crime analysis; Clatsop Community College, in Astoria, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Columbia George Community College, in the Dalles, with a certificate in criminal justice.

Klamath Community College, in Klamath Falls, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and certification programs in corrections and criminal justice; Lane Community College, located in Eugene, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a certificate n human services and juvenile corrections program; Linn-Benton Community College, located in Albany, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a certificate in juvenile corrections.

Mt. Hood Community College, in Gresham, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice administration; Pioneer Pacific College, in Wilsonville, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Portland Community College, in Portland, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal, as well as certificate programs in corrections, juvenile corrections, and paralegal.

Portland State University, in Portland, with online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and criminology; Rogue Community College, in Grants Pass, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and criminology, and a certificate in juvenile corrections; Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, with bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and criminology.

Southwestern Oregon Community College, in Coos Bay, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Sumner College, in Portland, with associate’s degree programs in court reporting and paralegal studies, as well as diploma programs in corrections and court reporting; and Tillamook Bay Community College, in Tillamook, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice. These and many other opportunities are just waiting for you!