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SOC: 33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers
Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Include deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
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Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present. Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes. Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence. Search prisoners and vehicles and conduct shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, such as weapons or drugs. Maintain records of prisoners' identification and charges. Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keep daily logs of prisoner activities. Guard facility entrances to screen visitors. Use weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners. Take prisoners into custody and escort to locations within and outside of facility, such as visiting room, courtroom, or airport. Settle disputes between inmates. Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections. Serve meals, distribute commissary items, and dispense prescribed medication to prisoners. Provide to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences. Use nondisciplinary tools and equipment such as a computer. Participate in required job training. Counsel inmates and respond to legitimate questions, concerns, and requests. Issue clothing, tools, and other authorized items to inmates. Assign duties to inmates, providing instructions as needed.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.79   Entry $26,613.00
Mean $17.62   Mean $36,656.00
Experience $20.03 Experience $41,682.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
5,7605,260390-.9
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