Corrections Degrees

Career summary: Correctional Officers

Average Salary

$45,300

National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook

Poor

-7% job growth by 2028, which is below average

Earn a degree in corrections from an accredited college

Overview

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Why would I want a corrections degree?

Conservation scientists manage, improve, and protect the country’s natural resources. They work with private landowners and federal, state, and local governments to find ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. Conservation scientists advise farmers, farm managers, and ranchers on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and to control erosion.

Job Description

What does a correctional officer do?

Conservation scientists typically do the following:

  • Monitor forestry and conservation activities to assure compliance with government regulations and habitat protection
  • Negotiate terms and conditions for forest harvesting and land-use contracts
  • Establish plans for managing forest lands and resources
  • Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are suitable for future use
  • Work with private landowners, governments, farmers, and others to improve land for forestry purposes, while at the same time protecting the environment

Salary

How much do correctional officers make?

The median annual wage for conservation scientists was $45,300 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,740, and the top 10 percent earned more than $78,090.

Career Outlook

How popular are correctional officer jobs?

Employment of correctional officers and bailiffs is projected to decline 7 percent from 2018 to 2028. State and local budget constraints and prison population levels will determine how many correctional officers are necessary.

Although correctional officers will continue to be needed to watch over the U.S. prison population, changes to criminal laws can have a large effect on how many people are arrested and incarcerated each year.

Career Path

How do I become a correctional officer?

Conservation scientists and foresters typically need a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field, such as agricultural science, rangeland management, or environmental science. Although graduate work is not generally required, some conservation scientists and foresters get a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Most forest and conservation technology programs are accredited by the Society of American Foresters. There are accredited programs in every state.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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