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Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specia
“We watch'em good !”
Probation officers, parole officers, and correctional treatment specialists work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.
The Job
Probation and parole officers supervise offenders on probation or parole through personal contact with the offenders and their families. Instead of requiring offenders to meet officers in their offices, many officers meet offenders in their homes and at their places of employment or therapy.
Work Environment
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with criminal offenders, some of whom may be dangerous.
College Majors
bachelor's degree in social work, criminal justice, psychology, or a related field is usually required.
Minimum Qualifications
Qualifications vary by agency, but a bachelor's degree is usually required. Most employers require candidates to pass oral, written, and psychological examinations.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They should also have excellent listening and interpersonal skills to work effectively with offenders.
Quick Facts
  • State and local governments employ most of these workers.
  • A bachelor's degree in social work, criminal justice, or a related field usually is required.
  • Employment growth, which is projected to be as fast as the average, depends on government funding.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists in May 2008 were $45,910. The middle 50 percent earned between $35,990 and $60,430. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,490, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,210. In May 2008, median annual wages for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists employed in State government were $46,580; those employed in local government earned $46,420. Higher wages tend to be found in urban areas.
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