Working as a corrections officer is often seen as a dangerous occupation but if you are willing and have what it takes to make it in the field then In the state of Nebraska a corrections officer can thrive in the local and state prison systems.
To become a corrections officer in Nebraska or many of the other states around the US you must meet certain requirements such as having a high school diploma and being of a certain age that is usually 18 to 21 and older. Many corrections facilities also put a limit on how old you can be when it comes to getting a job in this field.
If you want to become a corrections officer you may also have to go through a few tests in order to do this. A mental test is often given to those who are applying to the position of a corrections officer as well as a physical test to ensure that you are in the proper shape that is required for the position.
In addition to this many corrections jobs require that you pass a ACA (American Corrections Association) test and to pass with a score of at least 75% in order to be accepted as a candidate for hire in a corrections facility. This may seem like a lot to go through in order to get this position but the tests are necessary for not only your safety but the safety of the inmates and your potential coworkers as well.
In addition to these requirements it is also required that a potential candidate for hire at a corrections facility go through vigorous amounts of training in order to be successful in the field. This training is usually mandatory and given by the facility that you are hired by.
Training can last for an extended period of time in many cases but it is also necessary for your safety and the safety of others in the prison system. In many cases training can last for several weeks and involve teaching you skills such as good interpersonal communication skills and techniques you need in order to resolve conflicts in the workplace between fellow corrections officers and inmates.
It may also be necessary for you to have formal educational training before or after you apply for a corrections job. Many federal facilities encourage applicants to corrections officer positions to hold bachelor”s degrees in criminal justice in order to ensure that you have the necessary skills and knowhow to be successful in the job.
If you want to be successful as a corrections officer getting a good educational background behind you may be the best way to get this done. The education that you get from a university or community college can go a long way towards you being successful at other jobs as well and can give you the opportunity to grow in the field of criminal justice.
Depending on how far you take your education you could qualify for the many supervisory roles that are present in prison systems all across the US and this could not only give you more responsibility and increase your pay but could make you contribution to the field seem more meaningful to you as well.
In any case whether you are successful at being a corrections officer is up to you and the amount of dedication that you have toward getting the right training and learning the skills necessary for you to do your job well. In regards to this, if you are willing to put in the work that it takes to be successful in the field then you should do fine in landing and keeping a corrections job.