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First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

Also called: Correctional Officer Captain, Correctional Supervisor

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
On the job, you would:
  • Take, receive, or check periodic inmate counts.
  • Maintain order, discipline, and security within assigned areas in accordance with relevant rules, regulations, policies, and laws.
  • Maintain knowledge of, comply with, and enforce all institutional policies, rules, procedures, and regulations.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • management
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • 3M Electronic Monitoring
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology In Demand


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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