PAROLE OFFICERS supervise offenders who have been released from prison on parole to ensure that they comply with the conditions of their parole. Parole officers help offenders in their adjustment to life in the community to minimize possible future criminal acts. They spend most of their time supervising and counseling offenders. They may arrange for offenders to get substance abuse rehabilitation or job training. Parole officers evaluate the progress of their offenders on a follow-up basis. Parole officers also attend court hearings.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $52,500 average per year ($25.25 per hour)
- A medium occupation (89,900 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.9% per year)
A bachelor's degree in social work (BSW), criminal justice, or a related field is usually required for PAROLE OFFICERS. Most parole officers begin as trainees and receive on-the-job training for at least six months. Advancement generally requires a master's degree in social work (MSW), as well as experience. Most states have licensing, certification, or registration laws regarding social work practice and the use of professional titles. Work experience, or an examination, or both are usually necessary, and periodic license renewal is required.