Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Correctional Officer

Is being a correctional officer dangerous?

It can be dangerous to work as a correctional officer as they can be injured during confrontations with inmates and exposed to illnesses through close ocntact with other people.

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a correctional officer?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a correctional officer position, you can visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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What skills does a correctional officer need?

Some skills that a correctional officer needs are:

  • Decision-making skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Discipline
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What is the difference between a correctional officer and a police officer?

How long does it take to become a correctional officer?

How can correctional officers advance their careers?

How much do similar professions to correctional officer get paid?

Do correctional officers carry guns?

Can aspiring correctional officers complete their studies online?

Are correctional officers required to pass an exam?

What does a correctional officer do?

What is the work schedule like for correctional officers?

What is the job outlook for correctional officers?

Is it possible to become a correctional officer without experience?

What degrees are recommended for a correctional officer?

Are correctional officers required to take drug tests?