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Corrections Degree & Career Center

Criminal Justice Degree Schools has a broad collection of corrections degree and corrections career information. Research the best corrections degrees, careers, schools, and programs. In addition to information on how to become a corrections officer, we can provide a view of what life will be like once you’ve started your new career with interviews from corrections professionals. From the requirements and challenges to the benefits and rewards, you will leave with a good idea of what it takes to pursue and succeed in a corrections career.

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Corrections Salary and Outlook

Since the field of corrections covers many criminal justice jobs, the salaries depend on the type of job you pursue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that corrections officers and bailiffs made a median of $40,580 annually in 2015.1 Correctional officers typically only need a high school diploma to find work.1 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists usually need a bachelor’s degree to get a job and reportedly earned a median annual salary of $49,360 in the same year.2 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors made slightly less at a median of $39,980 per year and typically need a bachelor’s degree for a position as a counselor.3

The career outlook for corrections jobs varies widely. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are expected to grow significantly, with a 22% growth, or 21,200 new jobs expected in the period between 2014 and 2024.3 In contrast, correctional officers, bailiffs, probation officers, and correctional treatment specialists are expected to see only a 4% growth during 2014-2024, which is slower than average.1,2

1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Correctional Officers and Bailiffs: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm
2. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm