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Prison Officers

ANZSCO ID 4421

Overview

All Prison Officers

  • $1,580 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 19,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

Prison Officers supervise and control the activities of inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions.

Also known as: Correctional Officer.

Specialisations: Custodial Officer.

You usually need to pass a selection process and undertake pre-service training before you can work as a Prison Officer. Those who complete the training program are awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

Tasks
  • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • inspecting and maintaining the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
  • supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
  • assisting with the implementation of education, rehabilitation and other programs organised for prisoners
  • searching prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items
  • patrolling assigned areas and reporting breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems
  • requisitioning prisoners' clothing, toiletries, reading material and other allowable items
  • supervising prisoners in transit between courts, prisons and other facilities

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need to pass a selection process and undertake pre-service training before you can work as a Prison Officer. Those who complete the training program are awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Correctional Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Prison Officers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public safety and security

    77% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Psychology

    65% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Law and government

    59% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Clerical

    52% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Education and training

    49% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Transportation

    43% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  11. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    41% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Therapy and counselling

    39% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    38% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Philosophy and theology

    36% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    25% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    19% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Economics and accounting

    17% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  3. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  6. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  9. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Negotiation

    43% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  17. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Systems analysis

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Operation monitoring

    32% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  6. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Static strength

    52% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  9. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  10. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Explosive strength

    46% Skill level

    Quickly jump, sprint, or throw an object.

  15. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  19. Dynamic strength

    43% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    39% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    73% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    64% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    63% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  11. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Helping and caring for others

    60% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  13. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    52% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    52% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    48% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3012.00 - Correctional Officers and Jailers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Angry or unpleasant people

    95% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  3. Teamwork

    94% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Health and safety of others

    91% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Physically close to people

    85% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Repeating same tasks

    85% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Time pressure

    83% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Physically aggressive people

    83% Important

    Deal with physically aggressive or violent people.

  13. Contact with the public

    82% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    82% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Conflict situations

    80% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Disease or infection

    77% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    74% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    71% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3012.00 - Correctional Officers and Jailers.

All Prison Officers

  • $1,580 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 19,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

Prison Officers supervise and control the activities of inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions.

Also known as: Correctional Officer.

Specialisations: Custodial Officer.

You usually need to pass a selection process and undertake pre-service training before you can work as a Prison Officer. Those who complete the training program are awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

Tasks
  • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • inspecting and maintaining the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
  • supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
  • assisting with the implementation of education, rehabilitation and other programs organised for prisoners
  • searching prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items
  • patrolling assigned areas and reporting breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems
  • requisitioning prisoners' clothing, toiletries, reading material and other allowable items
  • supervising prisoners in transit between courts, prisons and other facilities

You usually need to pass a selection process and undertake pre-service training before you can work as a Prison Officer. Those who complete the training program are awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Correctional Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Prison Officers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public safety and security

    77% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Psychology

    65% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Law and government

    59% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Clerical

    52% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Education and training

    49% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Transportation

    43% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  11. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    41% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Therapy and counselling

    39% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    38% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Philosophy and theology

    36% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    25% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    19% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Economics and accounting

    17% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  3. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  6. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  9. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Negotiation

    43% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  17. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Systems analysis

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Operation monitoring

    32% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  6. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Static strength

    52% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  9. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  10. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Explosive strength

    46% Skill level

    Quickly jump, sprint, or throw an object.

  15. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  19. Dynamic strength

    43% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    39% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    73% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    64% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    63% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  11. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Helping and caring for others

    60% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  13. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    52% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    52% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    48% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3012.00 - Correctional Officers and Jailers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Angry or unpleasant people

    95% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  3. Teamwork

    94% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Health and safety of others

    91% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Physically close to people

    85% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Repeating same tasks

    85% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Time pressure

    83% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Physically aggressive people

    83% Important

    Deal with physically aggressive or violent people.

  13. Contact with the public

    82% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  14. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    82% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Conflict situations

    80% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Disease or infection

    77% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    74% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    50% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    71% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3012.00 - Correctional Officers and Jailers.
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