Criminal Justice Careers

Corrections Officers

Corrections Officers work in jails or prisons and have direct contact with inmates.  In this job you will move inmates within facilities, transport them to and from court or other facilities, monitor inmates' behavior and enforce custody rules.  In some facilities you will also distribute meals. 

County corrections officers must attend a 160-hour local corrections academy, but usually do not need a college degree.  State corrections officers must have at least 15 college credits (in specific subjects), and must attend the state corrections academy.