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Corrections Officers

Tips for Entry

Take classes while in high school to prepare for enrollment in a two- or four-year college degree program in criminal justice or a related field.

Take a training course in self-defense or martial arts through a private facility or your local parks department.

Take a class and become certified in the safe use and handling of firearms and other weapons.

Pursue part-time, volunteer, or summer work that may be available in psychiatric hospitals and other institutions providing physical and emotional counseling and services.

Consider obtaining a civilian job as a clerk or other worker for the police department or other protective service organization.