All states share a few basic requirements in order to be hired as a corrections officer. They are:
- Valid driver’s license
- No felonies on your record
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- High school diploma or GED.
College degrees and military experience can get you hired faster and/or increase your pay grade. Additionally, there may be an age requirement. Most agencies require that you be 18, but some require that you be 19 or 21.
All agencies require that you be fingerprinted. Some states require that you take a lie detector test. Not all agencies list lie detector tests or fingerprinting on their websites, but be prepared, be honest, and confess everything up front that you normally would never dream of telling anyone. The agencies do not necessarily look down on misdemeanors or youthful indiscretion, but they do look down on lying and lying will almost always cost you the job.
How To I Find A Job?
To find jobs in the state you live and get more information about the job requirements, pick a state from the list below. The list is updated regularly for the latest information: