Correction Officer

Occupation Information table
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 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): $26,000 to $30,000
Growth: Growth
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.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • 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:
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* 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.