Corrections Youth Worker

Corrections youth workers have the job of supervising juveniles who have committed crimes and must spend time in juvenile detention centers or correctional facilities while awaiting trial or while serving their sentences.

According to the website corrections youth workers have several duties. First they must know all the rules and regulations of the facility and make sure all the juvenile inmates follow them. Also they are in charge of keeping records of every inmate with regard to progress as well as health. Finally they must have the utmost concern for the safety and security of these juvenile inmates and they should behave in a way that serves as a role model for those in the facility and is responsive to their needs.

For this career individuals must be U.S. citizens and be at least 21 years old pass background and drug tests and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. However federal and even state and local facilities often prefer corrections youth workers with some post secondary education. An associate's degree from a community college or a bachelor's degree from a four-year college with courses in adolescent development counseling and criminal justice will lead to better job opportunities.

Jobs in this field should grow in the coming decade because the inmate population is increasing because of higher crime rates and harsher sentencing. Earnings vary depending on location and type of facility but the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics reports that annual salaries for this job range from approximately $25000 and $64000 with a median salary of approximately $37000.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $44500
High Salary: $64000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Supervises juvenile criminals.
Ensures juveniles follow rules of the detention center.
Keeps accurate inmate records.
Watches for rule and safety violations.
Also Called: Detention Officer
Juvenile Corrections Officer
Youth Corrections Officer
Juvenile Detention Officer
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