Correctional Officer Career Guide

Correctional Officer Career Ratings



Personal Growth



Job Profiles

Real-Life Correctional Officer Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Correctional Officer field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33957Juvenile Detention OfficerFemale29 $37,500Bloomington, IL01/01/2010
33112Jail GuardFemale47 $26,000VICTORIA, BC01/01/2010
32727Corrections OfficerFemale39 $43,000Payson, NY01/01/2010
32544Correction OfficerMale24 $52,000Highspire, PA01/01/2010


Correctional officers are the individuals in charge of overseeing people who have been arrested. Whether they are still awaiting trial or have already received their sentence to serve time in jail or prison, correctional officers manage all arrested individuals.

In order to become a correctional officer, a high school diploma is required by all states and agencies, and some federal agencies will also require a college degree. Additionally, there is a training academy that aspiring correctional officers must attend. They are then placed at a facility to receive real-world training on what they will actually be doing each day.

While becoming a correctional officer is a noble career choice, it also comes with challenges. There is a high rate of injury and illness among correctional officers, and this is often a result of confrontations with inmates. These individuals also have a demanding work schedule. Since security personnel must always be present at prisons and jails, this means correctional officers have to be there outside of the traditional ?9-5? schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

If a career as a correctional officer is something you are considering, then check out the career profiles below. We interviewed individuals in this profession to find out how they became a correctional officer and what they have to say about their job.

We’re in the process of adding additional content to this Career Guide.  Please check back soon.