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Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

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

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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.


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


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
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Court records databases
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology


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

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