In the Air Force:
Security Forces; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Helper; Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms; Security Forces Journeyman; Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Superintendent; Special Investigations Craftsman; Special Investigations Journeyman; Special Investigations Superintendent
In the Army:
Cannon Crewmember; Cavalry Scout; Combat Medic Specialist; Corrections and Detention Specialist; Infantryman; Intelligence Analyst; M1 Armor Crewman; Military Police; Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant; Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
In the Marine Corps:
Anti-tank Missileman; Correctional Specialist; Critical Skills Operator; Infantry Assaultman; Infantry Unit Leader; Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Operations Chief; Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Unit Leader; Machine Gunner; Military Police; Operations Chief; Rifleman
In the Navy:
Afloat Corrections Specialist; Correctional Custody (CC) Specialist Ashore; Corrections Specialist; Expeditionary Force Detainee Operations Guantanamo Bay (GITMO); Expeditionary Force Detainee/Confinement Operations - Deployed; Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Individual Augmentee/In Lieu Of (IA/ILO) Confinement Operations-Non Deployed; Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Individual Augmentee/In Lieu Of (IA/ILO) Detainee Operations-Alternate; Master-At-Arms
Maintaining a balance of the 3 “Cs” – care, custody, and control— with the incarcerated, is up to correctional officers and bailiffs. They keep prisoners safe and contained. Correctional officers oversee people who have been imprisoned, enforce the facility’s rules and regulations, and monitor the whereabouts of inmates at all times. They search inmates and cells for weapons and drugs, and may need to restrain inmates for safety or to escort them. Correctional officers settle disputes and enforce discipline, but also may schedule work assignments and other activities. Daily logs and reports detailing every shift are required. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms. They guard juries, deliver court documents, and enforce courtroom rules. Most correctional officers work for government correctional institutions— some modern and well-maintained, and some old, hot, and overcrowded. Bailiffs work in courtrooms. Working in a correctional institution can be stressful and dangerous… injuries and illness rates are some of the highest of all careers. Officers work in shifts 24/7, including weekends and holidays. In addition to a high school education, officers train in a special academy, and may also receive on-the-job training at a facility. Federal prisons require a bachelor’s degree or related work experience. Candidates must not have a felony conviction.
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
Math and Science
talking to others
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Hearing and Speech
recognize spoken words
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
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
3M Electronic Monitoring
high school diploma/GED usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.