Parole Officer

When an offender is released from prison on parole someone must watch over them to ensure that they are not breaking any laws that they are abiding by the restrictions placed upon them and that they are staying out of trouble. According to www.ehow.com most parole officers are employed by a county state or federal court system and jobs are more numerous in areas that are considered to be urban or highly populated. Some of the daily activities of a parole officer include visiting offenders on a scheduled basis helping parolees to find jobs or job training and making recommendations to the court as to whether or not a parolee should be returned to prison because they are breaking the rules of their parole agreement. Because of the responsibilities associated with this profession and the need to constantly deal with offenders and criminals most employers require that parole officers be at least 21 years old. They also usually require a particular level of education which is usually a college degree with a major in a subject area related to criminology or social work. Additionally most parole officers must complete an intensive training program and an exam before they can begin working. In most cases people who have been found guilty of a felony in the past are usually not eligible to become parole officers. Besides an educational background parole officers must have excellent social skills and have an ability to work with offenders and families of offenders who may be uncooperative and angry. Additionally parole officers must make house calls to undesirable areas and must be able to complete assignments with a certain level of comfort and command. The website www.salary.com states that the median yearly salary for a parole officer is approximately $50266 per year and the job outlook for this profession is strong.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $50266
High Salary: $60266
Low Salary: $40266
Tasks: Supervises those who have been released from prison.
Ensures that offenders follow parole regulations.
Visits offenders in their homes.
Tracks offenders using GPS systems.
Also Called: Correctional Worker
Criminal Supervisor
Criminologist
Correctional Officer
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6549988_job-description-parole-officers.html
http://www.legal-criminal-justice-schools.com/Criminal-Justice-Degrees/Parole-Officer.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/parole-officer-salary.html