Career training in corrections can begin or advance your career as a correctional officer, correctional manager, or warden. To qualify for an entry-level position, consider earning an associate degree in corrections, which usually can be completed in two years. To advance to managerial positions, or to work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a bachelor's degree is usually required.
A master's degree in criminal justice
, law enforcement, or a similar field will allow further advancement to related jobs, including probation officer, parole officer, and correctional treatment specialist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries for correctional officers were over $35,000 in 2006. First-line supervisors/managers made more than $52,000.
Corrections Training & Studies
At all levels of study, most corrections students will take courses in communications, probation, parole, and the social sciences. For thoseenrolled in administrative programs, courses in finance, bookkeeping, and facility upkeep will probably be included. Whether you're just starting out or returning to school to advance your career, consider taking classes online, which allows you to work around your current schedule.