9. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
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Master’s degree premium: 11.1% higher (+$5,200 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $52,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $46,800Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 18.1%Projected job growth by 2026: 5.7%
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialist work directly with people who’ve been convicted of a crime to help them in their rehabilitation. People who do best in this profession are understanding, tolerant, and have a true desire to help another person in need. Correctional treatment specialists oversee inmates’ progress and provide recommendations for rehabilitation and treatment, while probation officers serve a similar function for non-inmates under state supervision.