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Correctional Officers and Jailers

Job Information

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.


  • The work can be stressful and hazardous; correctional officers have one of the highest rates of nonfatal on-the-job injuries.
  • Most jobs are in State and local government prisons and jails.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be favorable.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $38,990/yr ($19.50/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma