What is a Correctional Officer?


Correctional Officer Job Description

Correctional officers are responsible for the custody, safe care and control of individuals who have been charged with a crime and remanded to custody, are awaiting trial and offenders who have been sentenced to regional or federal detention facilities.



Typical Job Description

• Act as a positive role model for offenders

• Liaise with other officers in order to ensure proper security at all times in the institution

• Observe inmate behaviour

• Establish positive relationships with inmates in order to prevent disturbances

• Perform disciplinary action and enforce centre rules

• Conduct security searches which includes searching cells and inmates



Scholarships for Becoming a Correctional Officer

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Correctional Officer. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Correctional Officer. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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