What do they do?

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Also known as:

Correctional Officer Captain, Correctional Supervisor, Juvenile Justice Supervisor, Shift Supervisor

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in CA

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  • -4.3%

    Change

    Ranks #83 in job growth rate
    340

    Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (6%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (22%)
  • Associate's degree  (14%)
  • Some college, no degree  (29%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (26%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

Typical College Majors

Most Popular Majors that prepare First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

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  • #1
    • Degrees Granted

      43,476
    • Female Students

      24,797
    • Male Students

      18,679
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,800
  • #2
    • Degrees Granted

      857
    • Female Students

      518
    • Male Students

      339
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,800
  • #3
    • Degrees Granted

      140
    • Female Students

      79
    • Male Students

      61
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,800

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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 that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Count prison inmates or personnel.
  • Use weapons or physical force to maintain security.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Direct operations of correctional facilities.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Write operational reports.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
  • Resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Prepare activity or work schedules.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
  • Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Read materials to determine needed actions.
  • Determine operational procedures.
  • Discuss performance, complaints, or violations with supervisors.
  • Supervise inmate activities.

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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 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

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