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)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
13,456
Large
&
3.2%
5.8%
>>>>
1,139
High
  Champaign Area
115
Medium
&
3.5%
7.0%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
824
Very large
&
2.8%
5.0%
>>>>
70
Very High
  Cook County
2,552
Large
&
-3.8%
5.6%
>>>>
190
Moderate
  Decatur Area
209
Very large
&
3.8%
7.0%
>>>>
19
High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
235
Medium
&
12.3%
9.7%
>>>>
23
Moderate
  Du Page County
275
Medium
&
37.5%
5.4%
>>>>
37
Moderate
  Edwardsville Area
236
Large
&
1.7%
5.1%
>>>>
19
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
664
Very large
&
1.7%
7.0%
>>>>
55
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
626
Very large
&
3.7%
5.2%
>>>>
53
Very High
  Lake County
269
Medium
&
6.3%
8.6%
>>>>
24
Moderate
  McHenry County
125
Large
&
22.4%
6.8%
>>>>
14
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
763
Very large
&
2.6%
6.8%
>>>>
64
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
962
Very large
&
20.6%
3.6%
>>>>
105
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
596
Large
&
3.7%
7.3%
>>>>
50
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
578
Very large
&
3.5%
4.3%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
332
Very large
&
-0.6%
5.7%
>>>>
27
High
  Rockford Area
133
Medium
&
8.3%
7.6%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
585
Very large
&
2.4%
2.4%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Springfield Area
831
Very large
&
1.9%
4.7%
>>>>
70
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
1,233
Very large
&
2.4%
6.4%
>>>>
103
Very High
  Vermilion County
247
Very large
&
4.5%
4.9%
>>>>
21
Very High
  Will County
1,067
Very large
&
4.3%
9.1%
>>>>
92
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.