Correctional Officers and Jailers (33-3012)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,3311,294 -2.80 3636
United States 457,600474,700 3.71,710 12,58014,300

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.7913.3815.84 19.4926.7935.12
Alaska 28.4121.0923.91 27.7431.8936.25
Southeast Region 27.1619.7522.37 26.5830.9135.81
Balance of State 31.7323.1525.55 31.6336.1942.55

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,43849 3.437.0 24.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation166
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation72
UI claimants previously working in occupation55
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 509
Number of job position postings 17
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 29.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Justice Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Corrections CT1
Corrections OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Justice Bac