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Associate in Applied Science



Criminal Justice - Job Outlook

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River Police Academy
MCC-Longview
MCC-Penn Valley

Contacts:
Longview: Rick Turner, 816.604.2290
Penn Valley: Karen Curls, 816.604.5253

Job Preparation:
Student Employment Services
Career Central - job bank

Base salary and job outlook

Correctional officers and jailers

  • Median wages (national): $18.45/hourly; $38,380/annually
  • Median wages (Missouri): $13.87/hourly; $28,800/annually
  • Projected job growth (national 2006-2016): Faster than average (14% to 20%)
  • Projected employee need (national 2006-2016): 175,000 additional employees

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

  • Median wages (national): $22.07/hourly; $46,910/annually
  • Median wages (Missouri): $16.37/hourly; $34,000/annually
  • Projected job growth (national 2006-2016): Average (7% to 13%)
  • Projected employee need (national 2006-2016): 21,000 additional employees

Law enforcement

  • Median wages (national): $24.72/hourly; $51,410/annually
  • Median wages (Missouri): $17.57/hourly; $36,500/annually
  • Projected job growth (national 2006-2016): Average (7% to 13%)
  • Projected employee need (national 2006-2016): 243,000 additional employees

Possible entry-level positions

  • Police officers
  • Sheriff's deputy
  • Correctional officers
  • Jailers
  • Probation officers
  • Correctional treatment specialists

Additional career information

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MCC Criminal Justice Student Testimonials

"I like that we don't just focus on one thing. We spent time exploring them all. From the police academy to the jail, courthouse, crime scenes, the morgue, and in community, I've learned something valuable in each that I'll take with me even past graduation.

I got to see the community. I got to experience the people and share their stories. I was a part of their stories. That's a relationship that never would have been possible without the Criminal Justice program."

-Adrian Ausler, Kansas City,  student 


“I received so much more than just a degree. I was able to meet friends and it was more than I expected. The instructors helped me make it through the program. Mentally, it challenges you. It was definitely a life-changer.”

-Chessina Ward, Kansas City, student

Last Modified: 3/4/20