Becoming a Correctional Officer in North Carolina

Correctional officers in North Carolina work in many county, federal, and state incarceration and administration facilities. While many of these facilities are state-run, there is a trend toward third-party management of all aspects of the facility. County jails are used for pre-sentence holding and short-term sentencing, whereas state facilities have a range of incarceration options for the approximate 38,000 inmates across the state. Some, like the Abemarle Correctional Institute and the Lumberton Correctional Institute are medium security facilities whereas the Alexander Correctional Institute and the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women have more security measures in place. Regardless, North Carolina's state Department of Corrections is committed to increasing public safety, reducing costs, and developing satisfactory transitions to life post-incarceration. Due to the evolving needs of the industry, BLS.gov forecasts that staffing over the next 10 years is poised to grow at a steady rate - in North Carolina this means that there will be approximately 24,966 positions up from the current 23,778. BLS is not able to forecast staffing needs for retirement and attrition, or career advancements, which means there is even more opportunity in the field than available data can show. Read on to discover more about this expanding career field below.

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Top Schools Supporting Careers in Criminal Justice & Corrections

The following rankings are based on student data, published surveys, and other school and career data collected from several sources which include the following government agencies:

Data Sources

  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

By obtaining our base data set from the above data sources, schools were ranked using the criteria below:

  • Schools with less than 10 total graduates per year were omitted in order to maintain statistical integrity
  • Schools must have at least 1 graduate in the field of criminal justice
  • Only 4-year, 2-year, and technical public and private non-profit schools were included

Schools were sorted in order of the highest percentage of total students graduating with a degree in the field of criminal justice (CIPCODES: 43.0102, 43.0110, 43.0113, 43.0103, 43.0104, 43.0107, 43.0109, 43.0111, 43.0112, 43.0199).

1

North Carolina Wesleyan College

3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

North Carolina Wesleyan College ranks 1st in our latest rankings with 72 students completing programs in law enforcement administration and criminal justice out of a total 766 graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 9.40%
  • Program Graduates: 72
  • Total Graduates: 766
  • Programs:
    • Law Enforcement Administration
    • Criminal Justice

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: ncwc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
2

Western Piedmont Community College

1001 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, NC 28655-4511

Western Piedmont Community College ranks 2nd in our latest rankings with 110 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total a thousand graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 9.24%
  • Program Graduates: 110
  • Total Graduates: 1,190

School Details

3

Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298

Fayetteville State University ranks 3rd in our rankings with 182 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total two thousand students in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 8.10%
  • Program Graduates: 182
  • Total Graduates: 2,246

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: uncfsu.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000
4

Livingstone College

701 W Monroe St, Salisbury, NC 28144

Livingstone College ranks 4th in our latest rankings with twenty-two students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 272 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 8.09%
  • Program Graduates: 22
  • Total Graduates: 272

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: livingstone.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
5

Robeson Community College

5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360

Robeson Community College ranks fifth in our latest rankings with forty-three students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 570 students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 7.54%
  • Program Graduates: 43
  • Total Graduates: 570
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: robeson.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
6

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4897

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College ranks 6th in our latest rankings with 208 students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 2,972 students from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 7.00%
  • Program Graduates: 208
  • Total Graduates: 2,972
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: abtech.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000
7

Stanly Community College

141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001

Stanly Community College ranks 7th in our latest rankings with ninety-one students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total a thousand graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 6.07%
  • Program Graduates: 91
  • Total Graduates: 1,500
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: stanly.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
8

Rockingham Community College

Hwy 65w County Home Rd, Wentworth, NC 27375-0038

Rockingham Community College ranks eighth in our rankings with forty-four students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 738 students in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.96%
  • Program Graduates: 44
  • Total Graduates: 738
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: rockinghamcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
9

Elizabeth City State University

1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Elizabeth City State University ranks ninth in our rankings with 58 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 984 students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.89%
  • Program Graduates: 58
  • Total Graduates: 984

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: ecsu.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
10

Southeastern Community College

4564 Chadbourn Hwy, Whiteville, NC 28472-5422

Southeastern Community College ranks 10th in our latest rankings with 35 students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 608 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.76%
  • Program Graduates: 35
  • Total Graduates: 608
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: sccnc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
11

Chowan University

One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855

Chowan University ranks eleventh in our rankings with seventeen students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 296 students in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.74%
  • Program Graduates: 17
  • Total Graduates: 296

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: chowan.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
12

Guilford College

5800 W Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410-4108

Guilford College ranks 12th in our rankings with seventy-five students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total a thousand graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.65%
  • Program Graduates: 75
  • Total Graduates: 1,328

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: guilford.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
13

Mount Olive College

634 Henderson St, Mount Olive, NC 28365-0919

Mount Olive College ranks thirteenth in our latest rankings with 100 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total a thousand graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.24%
  • Program Graduates: 100
  • Total Graduates: 1,910

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: umo.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
14

Randolph Community College

629 Industrial Pk Ave, Asheboro, NC 27205

Randolph Community College ranks fourteenth in our latest rankings with sixty students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 1,150 students from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.22%
  • Program Graduates: 60
  • Total Graduates: 1,150
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: randolph.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
15

Vance-Granville Community College

200 Community College Road, Henderson, NC 27537

Vance-Granville Community College ranks 15th in our rankings with 67 students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 1,324 graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 5.06%
  • Program Graduates: 67
  • Total Graduates: 1,324
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: vgcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
16

Bladen Community College

7418 NC Hwy 41 West, Dublin, NC 28332

Bladen Community College ranks 16th in our rankings with twenty-seven students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 560 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.82%
  • Program Graduates: 27
  • Total Graduates: 560
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: bladencc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
17

Saint Augustine's University

1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610-2298

Saint Augustine's University ranks seventeenth in our rankings with twenty-two students completing programs in law enforcement administration out of a total 456 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.82%
  • Program Graduates: 22
  • Total Graduates: 456

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: st-aug.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
18

Methodist University

5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville, NC 28311-1420

Methodist University ranks 18th in our rankings with thirty-eight students completing programs in criminal justice and law enforcement administration out of a total 798 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.76%
  • Program Graduates: 38
  • Total Graduates: 798
  • Programs:
    • Law Enforcement Administration
    • Criminal Justice

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: methodist.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
19

Piedmont Community College

1715 College Dr, Roxboro, NC 27573

Piedmont Community College ranks nineteenth in our latest rankings with thirty-six students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 770 students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.68%
  • Program Graduates: 36
  • Total Graduates: 770

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: piedmontcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
20

Brevard College

One Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard College ranks 20th in our latest rankings with ten students graduating from programs in law enforcement administration out of a total 214 graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.67%
  • Program Graduates: 10
  • Total Graduates: 214

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: brevard.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000
21

McDowell Technical Community College

54 College Drive, Marion, NC 28752-8728

McDowell Technical Community College ranks 21st in our rankings with 30 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 646 students from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.64%
  • Program Graduates: 30
  • Total Graduates: 646

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: mcdowelltech.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
22

Isothermal Community College

286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, NC 28160-0804

Isothermal Community College ranks 22nd in our latest rankings with 37 students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 816 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.53%
  • Program Graduates: 37
  • Total Graduates: 816
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: isothermal.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
23

Johnston Community College

245 College Road, Smithfield, NC 27577-2350

Johnston Community College ranks twenty-third in our latest rankings with 81 students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 1,810 graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.48%
  • Program Graduates: 81
  • Total Graduates: 1,810
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: johnstoncc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
24

Haywood Community College

185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721-9901

Haywood Community College ranks 24th in our rankings with 50 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 1,166 students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.29%
  • Program Graduates: 50
  • Total Graduates: 1,166

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: haywood.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
25

Cleveland Community College

137 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152-6224

Cleveland Community College ranks 25th in our latest rankings with forty-five students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total a thousand graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.28%
  • Program Graduates: 45
  • Total Graduates: 1,052
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: clevelandcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
26

Mayland Community College

200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Mayland Community College ranks 26th in our rankings with twenty-four students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 576 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.17%
  • Program Graduates: 24
  • Total Graduates: 576
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: mayland.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
27

Catawba Valley Community College

2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602-0699

Catawba Valley Community College ranks twenty-seventh in our rankings with seventy students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 1,732 students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.04%
  • Program Graduates: 70
  • Total Graduates: 1,732
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: cvcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
28

Wilson Community College

902 Herring Ave, Wilson, NC 27893-3310

Wilson Community College ranks 28th in our rankings with twenty-one students completing programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 522 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.02%
  • Program Graduates: 21
  • Total Graduates: 522
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: wilsoncc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
29

Wilkes Community College

1328 South Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Wilkes Community College ranks 29th in our latest rankings with fifty-two students graduating from programs in criminal justice and criminal justice out of a total 1,300 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 4.00%
  • Program Graduates: 52
  • Total Graduates: 1,300
  • Programs:
    • Criminal Justice
    • Police Science

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: wilkescc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000
30

Greensboro College

815 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27401-1875

Greensboro College ranks 30th in our latest rankings with nineteen students graduating from programs in criminal justice and law enforcement administration out of a total 478 students in the 2012-2013 school year.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 3.97%
  • Program Graduates: 19
  • Total Graduates: 478
  • Programs:
    • Law Enforcement Administration
    • Criminal Justice

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: greensboro.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Continued List of All Criminal Jusitice Programs in North Carolina

ProgramWebsite

Davidson County Community College

297 Davidson Community College Rd, Thomasville, NC 27360-7385
Phone: (336) 249-8186

Mitchell Community College

500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677-5293
Phone: (704) 878-3200

North Carolina Central University

1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 530-6100

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

One University Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
Phone: (910) 521-6000

Cape Fear Community College

411 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-3910
Phone: (910) 362-7000 x7327

Richmond Community College

1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC 28345-1189
Phone: (910) 410-1700

Beaufort County Community College

5337 Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889
Phone: (252) 946-6194

Western Carolina University

Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Phone: (828) 227-7100

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28146-1595
Phone: (704) 216-3602

Shaw University

118 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 546-8200

Gaston College

201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, NC 28034
Phone: (704) 922-6200

South Piedmont Community College

680 Highway 74 West, Polkton, NC 28135
Phone: (704) 272-5300

Carteret Community College

3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2989
Phone: (252) 222-6000

Halifax Community College

100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890
Phone: (252) 536-4221

Durham Technical Community College

1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703-5023
Phone: (919) 536-7200

Lenoir Community College

231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC 28502-0188
Phone: (252) 527-6223

Wayne Community College

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC 27534-8002
Phone: (919) 735-5151

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: (704) 687-2000

Pitt Community College

1986 Pitt Tech Road, Winterville, NC 28590
Phone: (252) 493-7200

Pamlico Community College

5049 Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC 28529
Phone: (252) 249-1851 x3084

Barton College

200 ACC Drive NE, Wilson, NC 27893-7000
Phone: (252) 399-6300

Forsyth Technical Community College

2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston Salem, NC 27103-5197
Phone: (336) 723-0371

Pfeiffer University

48380 US Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, NC 28109
Phone: (704) 463-1360

High Point University

833 Montlieu Ave, High Point, NC 27262-3598
Phone: (336) 841-9000

Montgomery Community College

1011 Page St, Troy, NC 27371
Phone: (910) 576-6222 x600

Blue Ridge Community College

180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731-4728
Phone: (828) 694-1700

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

109 Community College Rd, Ahoskie, NC 27910-9522
Phone: (252) 862-1200

Nash Community College

522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: (252) 443-4011

Appalachian State University

Dougherty Administration Building, Boone, NC 28608
Phone: (828) 262-2000

Coastal Carolina Community College

444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546-6816
Phone: (910) 455-1221

Central Carolina Community College

1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC 27330-9840
Phone: (919) 775-5401

Belmont Abbey College

100 Belmont-Mt Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012-1802
Phone: (704) 461-6700

East Carolina University

East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: (252) 328-6131

Surry Community College

630 S. Main St., Dobson, NC 27017-8432
Phone: (336) 386-8121 x3264

Guilford Technical Community College

601 High Point Rd., Jamestown, NC 27282
Phone: (336) 334-4822

College of the Albemarle

1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2327
Phone: (252) 335-0821 x0

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253-8000
Phone: (336) 578-2002

Tri-County Community College

21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: (828) 837-6810

Gardner-Webb University

Main St, Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997
Phone: (704) 406-2361

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303-0236
Phone: (910) 678-8400

North Carolina A & T State University

1601 E Market St, Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone: (336) 334-7500

Wake Technical Community College

9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603-5696
Phone: (919) 866-5000

Sandhills Community College

3395 Airport Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone: (910) 692-6185

Winston-Salem State University

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27110-0001
Phone: (336) 750-2000

Central Piedmont Community College

1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (704) 330-2722

Craven Community College

800 College Ct, New Bern, NC 28562-4900
Phone: (252) 638-7200

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, NC 28638
Phone: (828) 726-2200

Brunswick Community College

50 College Rd, Bolivia, NC 28422-9021
Phone: (910) 755-7300

Salem College

601 S Church St, Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 721-2600

Edgecombe Community College

2009 W Wilson St, Tarboro, NC 27886
Phone: (252) 823-5166

Southwestern Community College

447 College Dr, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: (828) 339-4000

Sampson Community College

Highway 24 West, Clinton, NC 28329-0318
Phone: (910) 592-8081 x2017

James Sprunt Community College

133 James Sprunt Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone: (910) 296-2400

Campbell University

450 Leslie Campbell Ave, Buies Creek, NC 27506
Phone: (910) 893-1200 x1265

North Carolina Correctional Officer Certification Requirements

The state Department of Corrections in North Carolina recruits applicants on an ongoing basis to fill the role of front-line correctional officer. Due to the requirements of the job, the state is committed to hiring only those who are the best match for the role. Determining your eligibility requirements is the first stage of the process:

  • Proof of age (20+) and U.S. citizenship
  • Valid North Carolina driver's license
  • No felony convictions or domestic violence convictions
  • Proof of high school diploma or GED, or greater
  • Veterans to provide proof of honorable discharge (DD-214)
  • Negative drug test
  • Be eligible for Department of Corrections certification
  • Be eligible to meet ongoing departmental testing and standards

With proof of these preliminary qualifications accompanying a complete application form for DOC employment, candidates advance to the next round of qualifying assessments which include:

  • Fitness testing
  • Medical-physical assessment
  • Psychological assessment
  • Extensive personal, professional, and criminal background check

Should all assessments prove that a candidate is a good match for the corrections officer role, he or she is scheduled for training at North Carolina's Correctional Officer Academy, located at a state facility. This paid training course teaches practical skills and policies that aid the new hire in their prospective roles. Candidates should note that the academy training must be completed successfully in order to be considered for permanent employment.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety

4201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4201
Phone: (919) 716-3800
http://www.doc.state.nc.us/

North Carolina Correctional Officer Employment & Outlook

Correctional Officer Salary: North Carolina vs National Salary Comparison

Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011

One of the ways that the state of North Carolina strives to serve front-line correctional officers is through strong working conditions and salary opportunities throughout the state. Currently, the median income for correctional officers is lower at $30,000 than that of the national median income. According to the occupational profile for the state of North Carolina, http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=011000000&jobfam=33&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=333012&menuMode=&stfips=37&x=52&y=18 published by CareerInfoNet.org, state and national trends predict a 7% and 5% increase in correctional officer jobs by 2022 respectively. For residents of North Carolina, this rate translates into 620 job openings per year.

Occupational Employment Statistics for Correctional Officers (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm)

North Carolina Correctional Officer Salaries By Area

The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for correctional officers in North Carolina. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill2,170$17.77$36,970
Raleigh, Cary1,740$15.25$31,710
Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton940$14.43$30,020
Greenville840$14.98$31,160
Greensboro, High Point520$17.73$36,870
Wilmington400$15.40$32,030
Rocky Mount380$14.71$30,600
Asheville360$15.94$33,160
Winston, Salem310$15.74$32,740
Durham, Chapel Hill300$16.90$35,140
Fayetteville250$16.52$34,360