Where can You Find a Job in Corrections?

Yes, We're Hiring!

***This is a guest blog post from Ashley Dunlap, Online Marketing Specialist for The Learning House***

A position in corrections is rewarding and challenging, offering professionals the opportunity to work within the criminal justice system in order to provide protection of communities and the nation while supervising inmates and prisoners at local, state, and federal levels. However, like many careers, finding a job can be difficult but there are several industries where positions in corrections are in the highest demand.

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Overall, correctional officers (also called detention officers or detention staff) are expected to see a 5% job growth by the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although this is below the national average, there are several industries that plan on hiring thousands of more employees.

1. State government, excluding education and hospitals - The state government is expected to see a 5.3% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 14,100 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

2. Facilities Support Services - Facilities support services is expected to see a 33.3% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 7,600 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

3. Local government, excluding education and hospitals - Local government is expected to see a 3% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 4,900 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

Top States for Correctional Officers and Jailers

Although there are several industries that are projected to hire significantly more correctional officers and jailers, the number of positions will vary by state. To help you narrow your search, the top five states with the highest employment level for this occupation are:

1. Texas - 47,910 positions
2. California – 37,210 positions
3. New York – 32,650 positions
4. Florida – 32,190 positions
5. Pennsylvania – 17,020 positions

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

The job outlook for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 18% (above the national average of 14%) by the year 2020 according to BLS. The industries expected to see the greatest growth in new positions are below:

1. State government, excluding education and hospitals - The state government is expected to see a 15.8% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 8,200 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

2. Local government, excluding education and hospitals - The local government is expected to see a 19.6% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 7,500 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

3. Health care and social assistance - Health care and social assistance companies are expected to see a 43.3% employment change by 2020 with the addition of 1,000 jobs nationally from 2010 to 2020.

Top States for Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

As with the correctional officer positions, it helps to get an idea of what areas may have the greatest number of jobs available. To help you narrow your search, the top five states with the highest employment level for this occupation are:

1. California – 13,870 positions
2. Texas – 6,320 positions
3. Florida – 4,700 positions
4. New York – 4,470 positions
5. Pennsylvania – 3,990

The takeaway here is to do your research and pursue different avenues when looking for a job in corrections, including looking into different industries and, if possible, considering different geographic locations.

By: Ashley Dunlap
Online Marketing Specialist for The Learning House and works with several universities including King University Online offering an online Bachelor’s in criminal justice.

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