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Correctional Officers & Jailers

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

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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.
  • Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.
  • 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
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
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • 3M Electronic Monitoring
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Correction Officer

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,820
$28,500
$74,630

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