Corrections Careers Overview
With increased population growth and rising rates of incarceration, the need for corrections professionals is growing. Some corrections career opportunities will also arise in the private sector, as public authorities contract with private companies to staff corrections facilities. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from DeVry University with a specialization in Corrections can prepare you for an in-demand career in this field, such as correctional officer, jailer, bailiff, sheriff and police patrol officer, detention officer, booking officer, and public safety officer, as well as a supervisory position like correctional sergeant.
When you earn your bachelor's degree in Justice Administration from DeVry University with a specialization in Corrections, you'll be prepared to maintain order, discipline, and security, as well as respond to emergencies. In a corrections career, your professional responsibilities could include:
- Guarding inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions, and in transit between jail, prison, and courtrooms
- Supervising and coordinating activities of correctional officers and jailers
- Maintaining order, enforcing laws and ordinances, and protecting life and property in an assigned patrol district
- Providing social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole
DeVry University graduates in Justice Administration with a specialization in Corrections will be prepared for careers such as:
- Correctional officers and jailers
- First-line supervisors/managers of correction officers
- Police patrol officers and sheriffs and deputy sheriffs
- Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
DeVry Career Advantage
From career-focused programs to our results-driven career services team, our focus is on preparing you for your chosen career.The proof is in the numbers. In 2013, 90% of DeVry University Justice Administration graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within six months of graduation at an average salary of $30,142.
1 Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to DeVry University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by DeVry University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to DeVry University Career Services.