Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has four criminal justice schools within its city limits. Saint Edward's University, the highest ranked school in the city with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 5,293. It is the 242nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University). To learn more about criminal justice programs in Austin, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of criminal justice professors at Saint Edward's University such as Paul Louis, Brian Manley, and Ryan Turner.
Criminal Justice students from Austin schools who go on to become criminal justice administrators, public prosecutors, public defenders, judges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,610 people working as criminal justice and law enforcement teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,750. Also, Police and sheriff's patrol officers make on average $55,180 per year and there are about 641,590 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 3,470 employed police and sheriff's patrol officers earning an average salary of $52,590. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers in this area earn $49,740/yr and there are 40 employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.057 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, and 4.510/1000 are held by police and sheriff's patrol officers.
Of the 4 criminal justice schools in Austin, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concordia University Texas comes out as the most expensive ($21,479/yr) for criminal justice students, with Austin Community College District as the lowest, reported at only $7,469/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|