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Correctional Officers & Jailers

Also called: Correctional Officer, Corrections Officer (CO), Jailer, Detention Deputy

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Afloat Corrections Specialist; Correctional Custody Specialist Ashore; Corrections Specialist; Expeditionary Force Detainee Operations GITMO; Expeditionary Force Detainee/Confinement Operations - Deployed; GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations-Alternate; GWOT IA/ILOConfinement Operations-Non Deployed; Master-At-Arms

What they do:
Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
  • Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
  • Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • 3M Electronic Monitoring software
  • Guardian RFID Correction System software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base management system software
  • Corrections housing software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$39,550
per year, on average
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