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Criminal Justice at a glance

What does an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice prepare me for?

Law enforcement work every day to prevent crime and apprehend criminals.  While some Criminal Justice majors may choose to become police officers, their degree offers them many different career options. Criminal Justice majors can go on to work in local, state, federal, or private sector law enforcement. There are a variety of opportunities within the field of Criminal Justice, and possible careers include:  private investigator, corrections officer, probation officer, security guard, and fraud investigator.

Employment Outlook

Although the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish an Occupational Handbook for Criminal Justice majors, the outlook for many related jobs predicts a minimum projected growth rate of 9 percent between 2008 and 2018 with favorable job opportunities.

Median Salary Range

While the median annual salary in 2010 for police officers and detectives was $55,010, the top 10 percent earned more than $88,870 a year.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Private Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Police Officer

Why study Criminal Justice at MacCormac?

Students in the program complete a two-year curriculum studying crime, law, and the justice system.  At MacCormac College you will receive hands-on instruction from highly qualified instructors. Many graduates of the program will go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at a four-year institution.


MacCormac College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.