Correctional Officers and Jailers

4.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $23.04 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 42% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Social Perceptiveness
Assisting and Caring for Others
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' job openings is expected to decline by -10.3% by 2031
'Correctional Officers and Jailers' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' was $47,920, or $23.04 hourly
'Correctional Officers and Jailers' are paid 4.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as correctional officers and jailers?

As of 2021 there were 392,600 people employed as Correctional Officers and Jailers within the United States.
This represents around 0.28% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 358 people are employed as Correctional Officers and Jailers.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 33-3012.00


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i don't think it's likely to be automated since the rehabilitation of offenders depends heavily on the person to person contact
May 04, 2021 at 12:33 PM
Roger says
Good luck getting the inmates off the yard with a robot. Good luck with inmate stripping your parts for weapons and other use for contraband. Good luck a robot knowing what type use a force a human flesh. I can see prisons operated entirely by a both operators but even then can a robot do a cell extraction of a uncooperative inmate? How about the functions of different custody levels?
Oct 15, 2020 at 02:25 PM
Douglas (Highly likely) says
I work in corrections and we are basically turn keys an social workers. Offenders are already contained so automation seems highly probable.
Jun 27, 2020 at 10:45 PM

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