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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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government89.48%
  2. Federal government8.09%
  3. Private, for profit1.47%
  4. Private, not for profit0.95%

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 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 8,100 openings for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$55,690

Military salary*

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State-by-state Salary

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$94,990
$38,000
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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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