If only our nation’s citizens could just follow the laws. There would be no need for jails and no need for correctional officers. Unfortunately, more than 1.5 million people are incarcerated in our federal and state prisons at any given time. Another 700,000 are sitting in local jails. All together, more than 12 million people are admitted and processed through the jail system every year. The sheer number of lawbreakers is enough to make correctional officers recession proof. Their job is to oversee individuals who have been arrested, convicted of a crime, or are simply awaiting trial.
Outlook for Correctional Officers
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics National Employment Matrix, State Occupational Projections ...