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Correctional Officers and Jailers - 33-3012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Sergeant
  • Corrections Officer (CO)
  • Custody Assistant
  • Deputy Jailer
  • Detention Deputy
  • Detention Officer
  • Jail Officer
  • Jailer
  • Jailor

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-3000 Law Enforcement Workers
33-3010 Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
33-3012.00 Correctional Officers and Jailers

Related Occupations


  • Arrange daily schedules for prisoners including library visits, work assignments, family visits, and counseling appointments.
  • Assign duties to inmates, providing instructions as needed.
  • Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
  • Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
  • Counsel inmates and respond to legitimate questions, concerns, and requests.
  • Drive passenger vehicles and trucks used to transport inmates to other institutions, courtrooms, hospitals, and work sites.
  • Guard facility entrances to screen visitors.
  • Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.
  • Inspect mail for the presence of contraband.
  • Investigate crimes that have occurred within an institution, or assist police in their investigations of crimes and inmates.
  • Issue clothing, tools, and other authorized items to inmates.
  • Maintain records of prisoners' identification and charges.
  • Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
  • Participate in required job training.
  • Process or book convicted individuals into prison.
  • Provide to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences.
  • Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keep daily logs of prisoner activities.
  • Search for and recapture escapees.
  • Search prisoners and vehicles and conduct shakedowns of cells for valuables and contraband, such as weapons or drugs.
  • Serve meals, distribute commissary items, and dispense prescribed medication to prisoners.
  • Settle disputes between inmates.
  • Sponsor inmate recreational activities, such as newspapers and self-help groups.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of other correctional service officers.
  • Take prisoners into custody and escort to locations within and outside of facility, such as visiting room, courtroom, or airport.
  • Use nondisciplinary tools and equipment, such as a computer.
  • Use weapons, handcuffs, and physical force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
  • Count prison inmates or personnel.
  • Direct operations of correctional facilities.
  • Discuss performance, complaints, or violations with supervisors.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities.
  • Guard facilities.
  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities for cleanliness.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Investigate crimes committed within organizations.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
  • Prepare activity or work schedules.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals.
  • Resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
  • Supervise inmate activities.
  • Use weapons or physical force to maintain security.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Afloat Corrections Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Custody Specialist Ashore (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Corrections Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Expeditionary Force Detainee Operations GITMO (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Expeditionary Force Detainee/Confinement Operations - Deployed (Navy - Enlisted)
  • GWOT IA/ILO Detainee Operations-Alternate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • GWOT IA/ILOConfinement Operations-Non Deployed (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Squad Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Internment/Resettlement Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Joint Fire Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machine Gunner (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Correction Officer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Correction Officer
  • Guard, Immigration
  • Jailer
  • Patrol Conductor
  • Police Officer II