Corrections Officer

Corrections Officer

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in the homeland security field and have strong interpersonal skills? Are you self-disciplined and good at negotiation? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Corrections Officer training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Oversee individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison 

  • Prevent fights and potential riots 

  • Take inventory of possessions of new inmates 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Individuals with their corrections officer credentials often go on to work for correctional or rehabilitative institutions and are employed by the government or private companies. Corrections officers guard inmates around the clock and work shifts of eight hours or longer with rotating schedules. On the job, you will be expected to wear a uniform and keep a neat appearance. 

Students should also consider pursuing Advanced Security and Protective Services at Job Corps as part of their career pathway. 

The credentials you will earn ...

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages and promotions.  

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Be at least 18 years old 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

  • Have a clean criminal record 

  • Compliance with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check, and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Jesse Gonzalez
Jesse Gonzalez joined the Gary Job Corps Center team as a Corrections Officer instructor after retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University. Jesse is passionate about assisting students in pursuing a career in corrections or law enforcement.