As a Delaware resident interested in working as a corrections officer, you have probably heard many people say, or perhaps have even had someone tell you directly, that you do not need a degree in order to work in the field.

While this is true in some cases, it is becoming more and more difficult for those without some type of educational training to find work and be hired in the field. That’s because so many people are choosing to obtain formal schooling, and when so many applicants have degrees, those who do not are often left out in the cold.

The good news is that you don’t have to go to school for years or achieve a degree specifically in corrections. A lot of different degree levels and areas are acceptable within the corrections field.

You can, for example, find work with an academic background in psychology, in criminology or criminal justice, and even in social work or crime scene investigation. As long as your degree is somewhat related and your program teaches skills relevant to working in corrections, you should not have a difficult time finding working and getting hired.

As mentioned above, schooling for a very long time isn’t necessary either. In fact, many people working in the field in Delaware hold only associate’s degrees, which are typically earned in as little as two years!

These degrees, especially when they are earned online or from community colleges, are also fairly inexpensive to obtain and require minimal amounts of time and effort on your part. When it’s this easy to get an education, there is absolutely no reason not to.

Also, almost every school offers evening and online courses, making it easy to balance a busy life with your education.

For those who are willing to commit a bit more time and effort to their educations, bachelor’s degrees are a wonderful option. These degrees, which are most commonly earned in around four years, are much more in depth than associate’s degree programs and will usually earn you a higher starting pay and better positions from the start.

Also if you already have a bachelor’s degree, even in an unrelated field, you are eligible for a master’s degree program in the field and, from there, a doctorate degree. These higher level degrees are the key to the most lucrative pay and the most prestigious positions.

Of course, such formal schooling isn’t right for everyone. If you cannot or do not wish to commit yourself to a formal program, consider going to school for a certificate. Technical and/or professional certificate programs do not grant actual degrees, but they do require you to complete coursework in the field, for which you are rewarded with a certificate.

This certificate essentially acts as a stamp of approval, saying that you have studied and completed testing in a particular area of corrections. Certificate programs vary in length, ranging from a few weeks to a few months or longer.