Correctional Officer and Jailer

Median Annual Wage

$39,900 or $19.18/hr
Durham-Chapel Hill

Annual Job Openings

1,150
North Carolina
2
% Associate's degree
9
% Certificate

Job Outlook

-9%
North Carolina

Total Number Employed

15,870
North Carolina
Correctional officers and jailers maintain order in penal and rehab institutions by guarding and monitoring the facilities’ inmates. General tasks include inspecting building features such as locks and window bars to prevent escapes, examining mail for contraband, and, when necessary, exerting physical force to discipline the prisoner.

Those are drawn to this area of law enforcement can learn more about the job through the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Durham Tech. This program prepares students for two state-mandated exams while instilling in them the basic skills and knowledge that are crucial for this career.