Correctional Officers and Jailers:

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $33,210.00
Average Time to Fill 23 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,311
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -9.10 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Conflict Management
Oral Communication
Following Directions
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Employ firearms
Use weapons or physical force to maintain security
Apply appropriate physical restraint
Serve arrest, search, or seizure warrants
Apprehend suspects or perpetrators of criminal acts
Control situations through non-lethal use of force
Guard area or premises
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Search for contraband on person or in facilities
Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Locate suspicious objects or vehicles
Supervise inmate activities
Control authorized entry and exit in restricted areas
Monitor inmate activity
Detect infractions of rules
Monitor court orders or procedures in courtroom
Monitor operations to ensure compliance with safety or security policies or regulations
Monitor perimeter and surroundings in protective settings
Monitor entrance or exit of persons

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards
Inspect protective, fire fighting, or life saving equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning
Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or personal safety regulations
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Inspect vehicle body to determine extent of damages and repairs needed

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Staff Management
Mental Health
Customer Service
Security Clearance
Security Operations
Case Management

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