If you live in the state of Maine and are interested in a career in corrections, then you’ll be happy to know that there are a lot of benefits that go along with working in the field. Of course, there are also a lot of difficulties that go along with being a corrections officer, and the job is certainly not for everyone.
You can expect to work long shifts, often at nighttime or during the very early morning hours, to deal with very difficult and often dangerous people on a day to day basis, people who are often rude and violent, and to have to undergo rigorous training.
You’ll also have to live up to certain qualifications including, but not limited to, having a high school diploma or its equivalent, being at least eighteen or at least twenty-one years of age (depending upon the job), being drug free and subjected to random testing throughout your career, being in good physical health based on an extensive test, and being in good mental health, based on several tests and inventories.
Most importantly, you also have to be able to separate the stresses of work from your personal life, or it’s easy to get burnt out.
If all of that doesn’t scare you and you are still interested in being a corrections officer, then this might just be the job for you. As long as you are hardworking, firm but kind, patient, ethical, assertive, and strong minded, then you can enjoy this job and all of the many benefits that are hidden within the career.
The first and most obvious benefit, of course, is a higher than average salary. Corrections officers in the state of Maine even make more, on average, than police officers and some other law enforcement professionals.
There’s, of course, also the prestige and honor that goes along with being a corrections officer. You will be looked up to and respected by many members of your community. You will wear a uniform of honor, and you will be a public service agent, providing protection and support to others.
Of course, you’ll have to live up to that respect and honor by living a moral life free of crime or debauchery, but for most people, the respect and admiration they earn is more than enough reward for that. You might, of course, not always be respected at work, by the inmates, but outside of it, you’ll get more than your fair share.
If you’re a state employee, as most corrections officers choose to be, you will also get excellent retirement and other benefits. While you will have to work hard for many years of your life, it’s work that you will hopefully enjoy and, in the end, you’ll be fully rewarded for all of your efforts.
When you serve your community and your country in such a vital way, the government smiles kindly upon you and, at the end or your career, makes an effort to take care of you for a change.
Most importantly, more important than all the money and prestige in the world, is the sense of pride, accomplishment, and enjoyment you will get out of your career. For the right, dedicated person, working in corrections is extremely personally rewarding.
The only way to ensure that you are one of these “right” people, however, is to do your research ahead of time and to honestly assess yourself before you take steps to become a corrections officer. If you are in this category, you’ll end up with a long and successful career that you love.