If you live in the state of Wisconsin and are interested in possibly pursuing a career in the field of criminal justice, then you’ll be happy to know that there has never been a better time to go into this field than the present. Right now, jobs are constantly opening up, all throughout the state, for qualified criminal justice professionals.

Best of all, these jobs tend to pay well above the average, to offer excellent benefits, and the employees have great job security, something that, as we all know, is quite hard to come by in these troubled economic times.

It’s important to note however that you can’t just get any old degree and then expect to waltz in and take whatever job it is that you wish to have. One of the big strengths of the criminal justice field is that it includes hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of different jobs, and criminal justice professionals obviously work in a wide variety of capacities.

However, each job has its own very distinct necessary requirements and qualifications, so it’s in your best interest to know what you wish to do in the field long before you every start any formal education and/or training. When that is the case, you can tailor your education and/or training to meet the demands of your desired career.

With that said, you’ll find no shortage of educational opportunities in the state. Whatever it is that you wish to do within the field, you can find the right educational program.

In fact, Wisconsin is so very progressive, that you can even do so from the comfort and security from your own home in many cases, thanks to the onslaught of online education. Just make sure that however or wherever you decide to pursue your education, especially if you’re doing so online, your program and school is fully accredited and legitimate.

If you do decide to pursue your education online, you should know that there are some tried and true schools and programs frequently attended by Wisconsin residents with an interest in the criminal justice field. These include but are not limited to Bryant and Stratton College, and its paralegal studies certification program; Devry University, with a bachelor’s degree program in computer forensics.

Rasmussen College, with an associate’s degree program in homeland security, as well as one in correction, and bachelor’s degree programs in client services and homeland security; and the University of Wisconsin Platteville, with a master’s degree program in general criminal justice.

If you do not decide to pursue your education online, of course, there are still ample opportunities for success within the state. Popular options for Wisconsin residents include Carthage College, located in Kenosha, with a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement (combined) and in paralegal studies.

The College of Menominee Nation, in Keshena, with an associate’s degree program in liberal studies and tribal legal studies (rare); Edgewood College, located in Madison, with a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Fox Valley Technical College, in Appleton, with an associate’s degree program in law enforcement (offered online), as well as certification programs in basic criminal investigation (offered online), child protection investigation (offered online), corrections (offered online), crime prevention practitioner (offered online), crime prevention professional (offered online), crime prevention specialist, criminal justice executive development institute, and cyber crime investigation (offered online).

Gateway Technical Institute, in Kenosha, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and law enforcement, as well as a certificate granting program in law enforcement officer; Globe University, in Eau Claire, with an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies, a bachelor’s degree program in the same, and a certificate granting program in legal administrative assistant.

Herzing University, in Madison, with an associate’s degree program in legal assisting and paralegal; ITT Technical Institute, with locations in both Green Bay and Madison, offering associate’s degrees in general criminal justice and paralegal studies, as well as a bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice; and Lakeshore Technical College, in Cleveland, with associate’s degree programs in law enforcement and paralegal studies, as well as a certificate and an associate’s in judicial reporting.