Career Outlook for Correctional Officers and Jailers

Also known as:  Certified Detention Deputy, Convict Guard, Correction Officer, Correctional Guard, Correctional Sergeant, Detention Deputy, Detention Officer, Jail Guard, Juvenile Corrections Officer, Penal Officer
The overall job outlook for Correctional Officer or Jailer careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 11.71 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 1.95 percent per year. Demand for Correctional Officers and Jailers is expected to go up, with an expected 39,960 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 1.09 percent over the next few years.
There are currently more Correctional Officers and Jailers in the following states
Texas 49,250
California 44,120
New York 34,310
Florida 33,960
Pennsylvania 17,940
Georgia 17,680
Virginia 15,890
The states below have the least number of filled positions for Correctional Officers and Jailers
North Dakota 650
Wyoming 960
New Hampshire 1,050
Alaska 1,090
Montana 1,270
South Dakota 1,290
Maine 1,430