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What Corrections Officers Do

Corrections officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory or prison.

Work Environment

Working in a correctional institution can be stressful and hazardous. Every year, correctional officers are injured in confrontations with inmates. Corrections officers have one of the highest rates of nonfatal on-the-job injuries.

How to Become a Corrections Officer

Corrections officers go through a training academy and then are assigned to a facility for on-the-job training. Qualifications vary by agency, but all agencies require a high school diploma or equivalent. Some also require some college education or work experience.


The median annual wage of corrections officers was $39,020 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of corrections officers is expected to grow by 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Growing demand for corrections services will lead to new job openings for correctional officers.

Quick Facts: Corrections Officers
2010 Median Pay $39,020 per year
Entry-Level Education Some college education
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 493,100
Job Outlook, 2010-20 5% growth rate

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