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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 1,3141,255 -4.545 5897
United States 450,000415,500 -7.715,300 19,40031,250

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.1015.2617.84 21.7228.9037.54
Alaska 30.9722.3626.22 30.0835.2639.88
Balance of State 32.5522.9526.22 31.5937.5143.55

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,43449 3.438.0 25.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation167
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation81
UI claimants previously working in occupation47
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 545
Number of job position postings 34
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 16.0

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

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Justice BA