Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

General Information

Description

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth depends primarily on the amount of state and local government funding for corrections, especially the amount allocated to probation and parole systems. Because community corrections is viewed as an economically viable alternative to incarceration in some cases, demand for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists should continue. Parole officers will continue to be needed to supervise individuals who will be released from prison in the future.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$54,290

Military salary*

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State-by-state Salary

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$91,400
$36,580
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 88%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • Some college 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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