Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Montana

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Montana.

Montana is an enormous state that’s small on population and big on natural beauty. The state boasts a portion of the Northern Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park, 10 national forests and numerous shining rivers, making it perfect for college students who enjoy the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are popular pastimes here. Winters in Montana can be brutally cold and parts of the state can receive snowfall any month of the year during cold snaps. The Western portion of the state is mountainous, while the eastern portion is flatter and windier. Among the public colleges in the Montana University System are Montana State University and the University of Montana. The state is also home to a handful of major tribal colleges that foster the state’s Native American heritage, as well as a few small, private colleges. The unemployment rate in Montana as of August 2010 was 7.4, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who wish to enter careers in criminal justice in Montana should be aware of the state’s crime rates. The crime rate in Montana was 22 percent lower than the national average rate in 2008, according to the National Institute of Corrections. The vast majority of these crimes were property crimes, which made up 91 percent of the 2008 crime rate, the NIC notes. The other 7 percent of crimes in Montana were violent crimes, but the rate of violent crime was 43 percent lower than the national average. Contributing to Montana’s low crime rate is its small population that sits at about 975,000 people. Generally, crime is more common in the larger cities, such as Billings and Missoula. Montana’s crime levels have decreased over the past several years, despite fears that the national recession would lead to a spike in crime, according to the Montana Board of Crime Control.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in MT

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Interested in a criminal justice career in Montana? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Montana Employment: 50

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $33.17

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $68,990

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Montana Employment: 40

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $10.66

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $22,170

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Montana Employment: 1,400

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $15.14

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $31,490

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Montana Employment: 60

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $19.62

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $40,810

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Montana Employment: 410

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $29.54

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $61,430

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Montana Employment: 120

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $21.88

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $45,500

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Montana Employment: 230

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $31.20

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $64,920

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Montana Employment: 90

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $20.39

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $42,420

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Montana Employment: 150

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $19.57

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $40,710

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Montana Employment: 120

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $15.21

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $31,630

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Montana Employment: 1,770

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $35.50

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $73,850

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Montana Employment: 810

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $18.50

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $38,480

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Montana Employment: 1,730

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: $20.54

Montana Annual Mean Wage: $42,720

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Montana Employment: 30

Montana Hourly Mean Wage: N/A

Montana Annual Mean Wage: N/A

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes