Parole Officer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Parole officers act as the liason between the courts and criminals released from prison. They establish a counseling relationship with the parolee to help them secure education and employment and make adjustments to their release from prison.
Duties: They assess the educational, psychological and job skill strength of a prisoner paroled from prison in order to determine the parolee's employability.

Provide career and educational counseling to the parolee to help them secure employment and security. They contact employees to help place the parolee in a job.

Survey and analyze the parolee's social and job behavior to assure the parolee is not regressing back to criminal behaviors. They talk to parolee's employer and social contacts to verify good behaviors.

They advise legal authorities about violations of parole rules by the the parolee. They make recommendations and judgments about the parolee's chances of rehabilitation.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.S. Criminal Justice 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: The usual educational requirement is a bachelor's degree in study areas that combine social service work, counseling and law enforcement. A master's degree is helpful for the best positions and for advancement in state parole and federal probation agencies. In most parole agencies, appointees are required to participate in a training program covering basic law, firearms, social work, case management and arrest procedures.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

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 to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.