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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Quick Facts : Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists*
2010 Median Pay$47,200
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201293,200
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change17,100


While offenders are on probation and parole?and while in prison?they must stay out of trouble and meet other requirements. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.

What Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists Do

  • Evaluate offenders to determine the best course of treatment
  • Provide offenders with resources to aid in rehabilitation
  • Supervise offenders and monitor their progress
  • Conduct meetings with offenders as well as their family and friends
  • Write reports on the progress of offenders

Work Environment

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with criminal offenders, some of whom may be dangerous. Workers in this occupation must meet many court-imposed deadlines, which contributes to heavy workloads and extensive paperwork. Many officers travel, especially those who work in rural areas.
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Job Outlook

Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average salary of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists was $47,200 in May 2010.
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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

47200

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists*
Percent Change in Employment

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

18.3476

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Qualifications vary by agency, but a bachelor's degree is usually required. Most employers require candidates to pass oral, written, and psychological exams.
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