Correctional Officers and Jailers

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What do they do?

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Also known as:

Booking Officer, Civilian Jail Officer, Community Services Officer, Correction Officer, Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Corrections Corporal, Corrections Officer (CO), Corrections Sergeant, Corrections Specialist, Custody Assistant, Deputy, Deputy Jailer, Detention Deputy, Detention Officer, Jail Officer, Jailer, Jailer/Training Officer, Jailor, Police Detention Attendant, Station Jailer

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Correctional Officers and Jailers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -0.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #24 in job growth rate
  • 1,360

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (16.3%)
  • Associate's degree (14.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (35.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (30.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.6%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Count prison inmates or personnel.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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