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Correctional Officers and Jailers

Correctional officers and jailers oversee people who are serving time in a secure, locked facility, either as they await release on bail, wait for an upcoming trial or hearing, or serve time as part of a local, state, or federal sentence. The job can be high-risk, but rewarding for those want to be part of the larger criminal justice community.

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Correctional Officer Schools

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically needed to enter a career in corrections, although some agencies may require completion of some college credit. Individuals who are interested in a career working in the federal prisons usually have to have a bachelor's degree and/or three years of full-time experience in counseling, assistance or supervision. The following are five schools offering degrees for future correctional officers:

  • Kaplan University: This online school offers an associate degree in criminal justice. The program offer foundational classes math, sociology, criminology, forensics, and psychological profiling.
  • Penn State World Campus: The online campus of Penn State offers a bachelor's in criminal justice, taught by the same on-campus faculty who possess real-world experience.
  • Southern New Hampshire University: This university offers an associate degree in criminal justice that allows graduates to seek entry-level work in the field. The program provides the fundamentals of criminal law and social science.
  • Strayer University: This university offers an online bachelor's in criminal justice. The program offers 1 of 4 in-demand concentrations, including Computer Security and Forensics, and Homeland Security Technology.
  • University of Maryland University College: This college offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice which gives students key critical-thinking skills to solve for a wide range of challenges in the criminal justice environment.

Correctional Officer Education Requirements

Though the correctional officer education requirements vary from facility to facility, those hoping to pursue employment at a federal facility should attain a bachelor's degree. Candidates for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, perhaps the academic field most relevant to work as a correctional officer, might find themselves studying arrest and control techniques, skills related to firearm use, basic first aid and defense tactics while unarmed. Common student admission requirements to criminal justice bachelor's degree programs include:

  • A valid U.S. driver's license
  • Good physical health
  • Handgun, holster and fingerprint clearance for firing range work
  • Satisfactory marks on institutional profile assessment
  • No convictions for use or sale of narcotics or any felony offense
  • A minimum age of 21 at graduation

Correctional Officer Training

Most correctional officer training occurs on the job. However, all agencies require correctional officer supervisors to have a high school diploma and some agencies require some college coursework or related work experience. A regional training program often needs to be completed before individuals are allowed to begin working. These programs give individuals training in specific procedures and policies and help them to understand their scope of responsibility when it comes to custody, law and security. Coursework at most academies cover topics such as:

  • Laws of arrest and constitutional rights of law
  • Rules and concepts of evidence
  • Rights of the confined
  • Use of force and restraint devices
  • Cell and prison searches
  • Prison gangs

Correctional Officer Certification and Licensing

After completing a program or academy, officers may become certified in specific skill sets or in Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), depending on the type of training they completed. They may need to recertify in specific areas in a given timeframe.

Individuals who have received training may receive some type of credential or badge, but this can be dependent on the scope and type of training completed.

Correctional officer supervisors typically receive most of their training on the job. All agencies require correctional officer supervisors to have a high school diploma and some agencies require some college coursework or related work experience. Most correctional officer supervisors began their careers as correctional officers.

Resources for Correctional Officers

Sources:

  1. Correctional Officers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm
  2. Correctional Officers and Jailers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
  3. Southern New Hampshire University, http://www.snhu.edu/online-degrees/associate/as-in-criminal-justice
  4. Strayer University, http://www.strayer.edu/degree/bachelors-degree/criminal-justice
  5. Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/criminal-justice/criminal-justice-criminology-associate-degree.aspx
  6. PennState Online, http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/criminal-justice-bachelors/overview
  7. University of Maryland University College, http://www.umuc.edu/academic-programs/bachelors-degrees/criminal-justice-major.cfm

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Correctional Officers and Jailers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Correctional Officers and Jailers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary
(2013)
Relative
Popularity

Alabama

     
Anniston 50 $24500 0.41
Oxford 50 $24500 0.41
Jacksonville 50 $24500 0.41
Florence 40 $23450 0.24
Muscle Shoals 40 $23450 0.24
Huntsville 440 $35880 0.67
Daphne 180 $34370 0.87
Fairhope 180 $34370 0.87
Foley 180 $34370 0.87
Decatur 220 $31000 1.37
Dothan 120 $27930 0.71
Birmingham 1050 $38610 0.68
Hoover 1050 $38610 0.68
Montgomery 1120 $35740 2.23
Tuscaloosa 210 $42740 0.68

Arizona

     
Flagstaff 140 $35690 0.8
Phoenix 8430 $40050 1.45
Mesa 8430 $40050 1.45
Scottsdale 8430 $40050 1.45
Lake Havasu City 0 $34750 0
Kingman 0 $34750 0
Tucson 2000 $39960 1.81

Arkansas

     
Pine Bluff 1490 $34440 15.19
Little Rock 690 $33920 0.66
North Little Rock 690 $33920 0.66
Conway 690 $33920 0.66

California

     
Bakersfield 4540 $77350 4.95
Fresno 1590 $69010 1.5
Riverside 4380 $77230 1.08
San Bernardino 4380 $77230 1.08
Ontario 4380 $77230 1.08
Sacramento 2350 $75140 0.87
Roseville 2350 $75140 0.87
Arden 2350 $75140 0.87
Arcade 2350 $75140 0.87
Los Angeles 4350 $60100 0.25
Long Beach 4350 $60100 0.25
Anaheim 4350 $60100 0.25
Merced 310 $55630 1.56
San Diego 0 $78790 0
Carlsbad 0 $78790 0
San Francisco 1420 $72310 0.21
Oakland 1420 $72310 0.21
Hayward 1420 $72310 0.21
Stockton 1520 $76000 2.24
Lodi 1520 $76000 2.24
Visalia 210 $41160 0.48
Porterville 210 $41160 0.48

Colorado

     
Greeley 300 $49860 0.97
Colorado Springs 370 $47920 0.45
Denver 1600 $46880 0.38
Aurora 1600 $46880 0.38
Lakewood 1600 $46880 0.38
Pueblo 580 $43190 3.27

Florida

     
Gainesville 590 $35910 1.52
Jacksonville 1710 $42370 0.89
Crestview 600 $35020 1.9
Fort Walton Beach 600 $35020 1.9
Destin 600 $35020 1.9
Deltona 570 $35910 1
Daytona Beach 570 $35910 1
Ormond Beach 570 $35910 1
Orlando 2500 $38190 0.72
Kissimmee 2500 $38190 0.72
Sanford 2500 $38190 0.72
Panama City 750 $32740 3.04
Pensacola 1480 $35390 2.94
Ferry Pass 1480 $35390 2.94
Brent 1480 $35390 2.94
Miami 8670 $59400 1.15
Fort Lauderdale 8670 $59400 1.15
West Palm Beach 8670 $59400 1.15
North Port 510 $49680 0.6
Sarasota 510 $49680 0.6
Bradenton 510 $49680 0.6
Tallahassee 1430 $0 2.87
The Villages 970 $47480 12.95

Georgia

     
Albany 340 $27860 1.9
Athens 90 $29640 0.35
Clarke County 90 $29640 0.35
Atlanta 4260 $31040 0.55
Sandy Springs 4260 $31040 0.55
Roswell 4260 $31040 0.55
Gainesville 150 $33180 0.63
Brunswick 130 $28450 1.1
Dalton 80 $26130 0.4
Macon 600 $27560 1.98
Savannah 560 $30440 1.11
Valdosta 390 $27670 2.46
Warner Robins 380 $29960 1.81

Idaho

     
Boise City 1030 $29680 1.17
Idaho Falls 90 $41470 0.48
Coeur d'Alene 40 $33910 0.25
Pocatello 130 $33680 1.26

Illinois

     
Carbondale 210 $47470 1.31
Marion 210 $47470 1.31
Champaign 50 $44120 0.17
Urbana 50 $44120 0.17
Peoria 270 $47150 0.48

Indiana

     
Fort Wayne 150 $38140 0.24
Indianapolis 2280 $31120 0.74
Carmel 2280 $31120 0.74
Anderson 2280 $31120 0.74
Lafayette 70 $34330 0.25
West Lafayette 70 $34330 0.25
Terre Haute 880 $36180 4.29

Iowa

     
Iowa City 360 $48800 1.3
Cedar Rapids 240 $51050 0.56
Des Moines 440 $52030 0.41
West Des Moines 440 $52030 0.41

Kansas

     
Topeka 530 $29480 1.58
Wichita 550 $31330 0.6

Kentucky

     
Lexington 810 $36830 0.99
Fayette 810 $36830 0.99

Louisiana

     
Alexandria 510 $47470 2.66
Baton Rouge 2880 $32650 2.37
Houma 460 $33190 1.51
Thibodaux 460 $33190 1.51
Lafayette 540 $33620 0.8
Lake Charles 240 $33770 0.82
New Orleans 660 $28610 0.38
Metairie 660 $28610 0.38
Shreveport 290 $38950 0.52
Bossier City 290 $38950 0.52

Maine

     
Portland 0 $36450 0
South Portland 0 $36450 0

Maryland

     
Baltimore 3620 $43200 0.89
Columbia 3620 $43200 0.89
Towson 3620 $43200 0.89

Massachusetts

     
Barnstable Town 80 $45840 0.24

Michigan

     
Ann Arbor 580 $52410 0.89
Grand Rapids 690 $52410 0.43
Wyoming 690 $52410 0.43
Detroit 1830 $52400 0.31
Warren 1830 $52400 0.31
Dearborn 1830 $52400 0.31
Saginaw 210 $52410 0.82
Lansing 240 $51570 0.38
East Lansing 240 $51570 0.38
Kalamazoo 70 $46370 0.17
Portage 70 $46370 0.17

Minnesota

     
Rochester 220 $49180 0.62
St. Cloud 100 $48880 0.32

Mississippi

     
Gulfport 810 $26800 1.77
Biloxi 810 $26800 1.77
Pascagoula 810 $26800 1.77
Hattiesburg 120 $29850 0.66
Jackson 2300 $24920 2.84

Missouri

     
Jefferson City 1160 $29610 5.3
Joplin 90 $26990 0.36
Springfield 540 $36560 0.88

Nebraska

     
Lincoln 700 $36280 1.31

Nevada

     
Carson City 340 $45410 4.07
Las Vegas 1730 $59470 0.62
Henderson 1730 $59470 0.62
Paradise 1730 $59470 0.62

New Jersey

     
Trenton 1180 $0 1.71
Vineland 1960 $76250 10.7
Bridgeton 1960 $76250 10.7

New Mexico

     
Albuquerque 1180 $32560 1.02
Santa Fe 470 $33400 2.54

New York

     
Albany 1110 $50690 0.82
Schenectady 1110 $50690 0.82
Troy 1110 $50690 0.82
Glens Falls 890 $59180 5.52
Buffalo 1820 $61500 1.08
Cheektowaga 1820 $61500 1.08
Niagara Falls 1820 $61500 1.08
Rochester 1930 $60580 1.22
Utica 1470 $64930 3.98
Rome 1470 $64930 3.98

North Carolina

     
Asheville 440 $33900 0.78
Fayetteville 290 $32240 0.74
Greensboro 530 $36080 0.48
High Point 530 $36080 0.48
Hickory 840 $31040 1.86
Lenoir 840 $31040 1.86
Morganton 840 $31040 1.86
Durham 310 $34570 0.34
Chapel Hill 310 $34570 0.34
Raleigh 1710 $31370 0.98
Rocky Mount 360 $31040 2.09
New Bern 400 $30050 3.01
Wilmington 380 $31540 1.01
Winston 390 $33790 0.49
Salem 390 $33790 0.49

North Dakota

     
Bismarck 310 $38220 1.33

Ohio

     
Akron 0 $38690 0
Cleveland 2040 $43210 0.64
Elyria 2040 $43210 0.64
Columbus 2480 $43220 0.8
Dayton 440 $39560 0.38
Lima 340 $44750 2.25
Toledo 520 $39700 0.57

Oklahoma

     
Lawton 0 $30130 0
Oklahoma City 1670 $39000 0.89
Tulsa 570 $30250 0.42

Oregon

     
Salem 810 $52780 1.67

Pennsylvania

     
Harrisburg 680 $54950 0.7
Carlisle 680 $54950 0.7
Erie 500 $47520 1.28
Pittsburgh 1520 $52560 0.43
Scranton 860 $55480 1.08
Wilkes 860 $55480 1.08
Barre 860 $55480 1.08
Hazleton 860 $55480 1.08

South Carolina

     
Florence 110 $28340 0.41
Greenville 530 $32480 0.44
Anderson 530 $32480 0.44
Mauldin 530 $32480 0.44
Hilton Head Island 200 $32560 0.9
Bluffton 200 $32560 0.9
Beaufort 200 $32560 0.9
Charleston 800 $32900 0.81
North Charleston 800 $32900 0.81
Columbia 1930 $29260 1.71
Spartanburg 450 $30150 1.05

South Dakota

     
Rapid City 170 $43470 0.87

Tennessee

     
Johnson City 230 $29130 0.98
Knoxville 1110 $28920 0.96
Nashville 2320 $29680 0.84
Davidson 2320 $29680 0.84
Murfreesboro 2320 $29680 0.84
Franklin 2320 $29680 0.84

Texas

     
Abilene 880 $35880 4.35
Amarillo 1160 $36880 3.28
Houston 7630 $39180 0.84
The Woodlands 7630 $39180 0.84
Sugar Land 7630 $39180 0.84
Beaumont 1610 $39180 3.15
Port Arthur 1610 $39180 3.15
College Station 0 $38180 0
Bryan 0 $38180 0
Dallas 5860 $37850 0.57
Fort Worth 5860 $37850 0.57
Arlington 5860 $37850 0.57
El Paso 960 $48030 1.06
San Angelo 190 $35690 1.29
San Antonio 2420 $38030 0.82
New Braunfels 2420 $38030 0.82
Killeen 1980 $38020 4.81
Temple 1980 $38020 4.81
Waco 780 $38030 2.3

Utah

     
Salt Lake City 1190 $37060 0.58
Ogden 220 $42610 0.31
Clearfield 220 $42610 0.31

Virginia

     
Blacksburg 220 $34480 1.05
Christiansburg 220 $34480 1.05
Radford 220 $34480 1.05
Charlottesville 580 $33010 1.78
Richmond 3600 $35020 1.88
Roanoke 490 $37300 1.03
Lynchburg 320 $33890 1.06
Staunton 470 $33870 3.22
Waynesboro 470 $33870 3.22

Washington

     
Kennewick 480 $45630 1.5
Richland 480 $45630 1.5
Olympia 110 $45630 0.36
Tumwater 110 $45630 0.36
Seattle 2620 $53890 0.47
Tacoma 2620 $53890 0.47
Bellevue 2620 $53890 0.47
Spokane 490 $46790 0.72
Spokane Valley 490 $46790 0.72
Wenatchee 100 $44570 0.74
Yakima 180 $51790 0.69

West Virginia

     
Beckley 440 $29280 3.22
Charleston 260 $23860 0.73
Morgantown 480 $48810 2.44

Wisconsin

     
Appleton 90 $53670 0.24
Green Bay 410 $44140 0.79
Oshkosh 530 $44860 1.92
Neenah 530 $44860 1.92
Madison 0 $39980 0
Milwaukee 1000 $41550 0.39
Waukesha 1000 $41550 0.39
West Allis 1000 $41550 0.39
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Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Correctional Officers and Jailers

To find out more about building a career as Correctional Officers And Jailers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Correctional Officers and Jailers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent Salary
(2008)
Government 406,330 94% $38,900
Office Services And Staffing 20,440 4% $28,810
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