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|Overview:||Correction officers observe the conduct and behavior of inmates in prisons to prevent disturbances and escapes. They inspect prison facilities for tampering. They prepare reports of prisoner attitudes and adjustments needed and are armed with weapons to maintain discipline.|
|Duties:||They observe behaviors and attitudes of prisoners to anticapate if any types of inappropriate or illegal actions might occur. They search prisoners or their cells if there are concerns.
Evaluate prisoners who can be paroled by making judgments about their social behaviors. They decide whether the prisoners show signs of being able to function as a free person.
They advise prison administrators, physicians and psychiatrists about unusual behavior that could suggest prisoner riots, escape attempts or violence.
Advise prisoners about prison living procedures, monitor their performance in training programs and prison jobs to which they are assigned. They help to avoid conflicts between prisoners.
|Degree(s):||A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of correctional officers is expected to grow about as fast as the average through 2018. Increasing demand for jailers will stem from population growth and rising rates of incarceration resulting from mandatory sentencing guidelines calling for longer sentences and reduced parole.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$26,000 to $30,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Correctional institutions, such as prisons, prison camps and reformatories, prefer to hire persons with an associate degree or higher. A course background in criminology, psychology, human services and law enforcement is helpful. Federal, state and local departments of correction all provide training for correction officer trainees.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.