Convict Guards


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Convict Guards

Convict Guards - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Nearly 60% of all corrections officers work in state prisons, prison camps, or youth facilities. Most of the rest work at city or county jails. Most corrections officers work in large prisons located in rural areas.

Major employers:

  • Federal, state, and local jails and prisons

Outlook

Demand for corrections officers will decrease. As budgets fall, courts are turning to shorter sentences and alternatives to prison. Opportunities may be better in the private sector as many prisons now have private companies run the prison.

This is a stressful occupation and job openings are expected to occur as people leave the occupation to find other work or retire.

Corrections Officers (CIS 100050)

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Illinois
14,364
Large
&
-2.4%
2.4%
>>>>
1,216
High
  Champaign Area
139
Medium
&
-7.9%
-0.9%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
834
Very large
&
-0.6%
1.2%
>>>>
74
Very High
  Cook County
3,334
Large
&
-8.1%
0.6%
>>>>
255
High
  Decatur Area
207
Very large
&
-1.4%
5.5%
>>>>
18
High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
306
Large
&
-10.1%
2.5%
>>>>
23
Moderate
  Du Page County
110
Small
&
-13.6%
3.3%
>>>>
7
Very few
  Edwardsville Area
211
Large
&
6.6%
5.5%
>>>>
20
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
682
Very large
&
-0.9%
-2.1%
>>>>
59
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
657
Very large
&
1.4%
5.8%
>>>>
59
Very High
  Lake County
319
Medium
&
-8.8%
1.9%
>>>>
24
Moderate
  McHenry County
113
Large
&
-11.5%
2.9%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
758
Very large
&
2.6%
1.0%
>>>>
69
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
1,048
Very large
&
1.3%
2.6%
>>>>
94
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
613
Large
&
-1.6%
-1.9%
>>>>
52
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
595
Very large
&
-2.7%
-1.1%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
351
Very large
&
-3.4%
-1.8%
>>>>
29
High
  Rockford Area
151
Medium
&
-11.3%
0.9%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
561
Very large
&
-0.9%
-2.3%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Springfield Area
900
Very large
&
-1.4%
0.0%
>>>>
78
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
1,282
Very large
&
-1.5%
-1.7%
>>>>
110
Very High
  Vermilion County
269
Very large
&
-2.6%
-3.0%
>>>>
22
Very High
  Will County
983
Very large
&
-1.7%
4.1%
>>>>
84
Very High
United States
442,000
Very large
&
-7.5%
3.7%
>>>>
33,000
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.