Correctional Officer (Transportation)

What Does A Correctional Officer (Transportation) Do?

Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison.  The Correctional Officer featured in this video transports inmates between various locations, often between the jail and courthouse.

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Correctional Officer (Transportation)

How Do I Become A Correctional Officer (Transportation)?

Qualifications for these positions vary by area.  Applicants will typically need to be at least 18 years of age (at a minimum) and have a high school diploma or GED.  Some agencies may also require some college education and/or that the applicant attend a training academy.

What is the Average Salary For A Correctional Officer (Transportation)?

High – 78,000
Median – 45,000
Low – 24,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Correctional Officer (Transportation)?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Foreign Languages

What Is The Work Environment For A Correctional Officer (Transportation)?

Correctional officers work for all levels of the government.  They may work in jails, courtrooms, or in transporting inmates between these settings.  These jobs can be stressful and dangerous at times.  

What Is The Future Outlook For A Correctional Officer (Transportation)?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.  This position may not be available within all police departments. 


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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