Criminal Justice Careers

Probation Officer

Probation Officers meet with people who have been convicted of crimes and who must complete certain requirements to complete their court sentences.  For example, a person convicted of drunk driving could be required to remain alcohol-free for six months.  The probation officer would meet with the person on a regular basis and test his blood alcohol level. Parole officers perform many of the same functions as probation officers, but work with people who have been released from prison.

Educational requirements vary widely, but most courts want probation officers to have a degree in a social science field, such as psychology or counseling. Many people who begin their careers as corrections officers find working as probation/parole officers to be a natural career step.

If you are interested in pursuing one of these careers, contact your local probation/parole office and ask what career preparation steps they recommend.