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Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

Also called: Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Correctional Counselor

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What they do:
Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
On the job, you would:
  • Interview probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans.
  • Recommend remedial action or initiate court action in response to noncompliance with terms of probation or parole.
  • Administer drug and alcohol tests, including random drug screens of offenders, to verify compliance with substance abuse treatment programs.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Data base user interface and query software
  • Court records databases
  • Microsoft Access
Project management software
  • Case management software
  • Tyler Technologies Odyssey Case Manager

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$48,190
per year, on average
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