Corrections Officer Careers

Careers for corrections officersCareer Overview

Corrections officers are also sometimes known as detentions officers when they work with individuals before a trial phase of conviction. A correctional officer’s main job is to oversee the facilities and populations of criminals who have been sentenced to serve time in America’s jails, reformatories, and penitentiaries. This is a high stress job since most of the individuals correctional officers must work with every day are generally dangerous. Most correctional officers work in state and local jails and prison institutions.

Education Requirements

High School Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree

The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires all entry level correctional officers at federal prisons to have a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in counseling, management, or assistance. Correctional officers can also receive training from local departments as set-up by the American Correctional Association and the American Jail Association. Correctional officers are also required to receive training and proper certifications for carrying guns and other weapons for protection.

Top School’s for Corrections Officer:

Rasmussen College
Ashford University
St. Leo University Online
Daymar Institute
Trillium College

Career Trends

Average Salary for Corrections Officers in 2008: $38,380
Jobs in 2008 for Corrections Officers: 518,200
Projected employment openings for Corrections Officers through 2018: 566,200

Related Jobs:

Police and Detectives
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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