Correctional Officers & Jailers

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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.


Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • customer service
  • management

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


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


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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 practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • 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


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

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