Nature of Work: Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists monitor and work with probationers and parolees to prevent them from committing new crimes. Workers may be assigned to fieldwork in high-crime areas or institutions where there is risk of violence or communicable disease.
Training, Qualifications and Advancement: PO’s and correctional treatment specialists usually need a bachelor’s degree. In addition, most employers require candidates to pass oral, written, and psychological exams.
Employment: As a probation officer or correctional specialist there is a risk of being in danger around the parolees that have committed high rank crimes. This career isn’t for everyone training is very hard and is to endure your performance if anything goes wrong.
Job Outlook: Limited state and local government funding for corrections will temper employment growth. However, job openings are available due to the people that leave this occupation each year.
Projections Data: Grow 4% from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations.
Earnings: The median annual wage for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists was $49,360 in May 2015. The median pay an hour was $23.73
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