Correctional Officer

By Marc Pio

Job Description

1. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialist

2. The job demands that officers be alert and ready to react throughout their entire shift. As a result, some officers experience anxiety.

3.hey maintain security by preventing disturbances, assaults, and escapes. Correctional officers supervise the daily activities of inmates, ensuring that inmates obey the rules. They must also ensure the whereabouts of all inmates at all times.

4.The median annual wage for correctional officers and jailers was $39,040 in May 2012. The median annual wage for bailiffs was $36,840 in May 2012.

5.Some local and state corrections agencies experience high job turnover because of job-related stress and shift work. The need to replace correctional officers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force—coupled with rising employment demand—should also generate some job openings.

Skills Needed

1.Correctional officers usually must be at least 18 to 21 years of age, must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must have no felony convictions. New applicants for federal corrections positions must be appointed before they are 37 years old.

2.Correctional officers must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Some state and local corrections agencies require some college credits. Law enforcement or military experience may be substituted for this requirement.

3.Correctional officers go through a training academy and then are assigned to a facility for on-the-job training. Although qualifications vary by state and agency, all agencies require a high school diploma. Some federal agencies also require some college education or related work experience.

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American Jail Association