Correctional Officers & Jailers


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 called: Correctional Officer, Corrections Officer (CO), Detention Officer, Jailer

Knowledge:

    Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
    Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology:

    Data base user interface and query software
  • 3M Electronic Monitoring
  • Microsoft Access
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
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