The Ohio State Department of Corrections oversees and manages the incarceration and subsequent community transitions of more than 51,729 inmates across 32 state facilities. Incarcerated persons in Ohio are supervised by 12,310 first line correctional officers who are committed to maintaining an environment of peace, order, and respect within the facilities where they work. In addition to state-run and privately contracted prisons, Ohio also has an extensive county jail system used to hold offenders before their trial and during shorter sentences. Finally, Ohio has one federal penitentiary, the Federal Correctional Institution at Elkton that draws on state resources for its operations. As the corrections industry evolves, it is no surprise that the state and national economists predict an upward trend in job creation throughout the state even as incarceration rates fall. Total roles for front line correctional officers are expected to exceed 12,900 in total by 2022. This prediction of economic growth, coupled with job vacancies due to senior officer retirement, attrition, and promotion, the state of Ohio has began an active campaign for correctional officer recruits. To learn more about this exciting field and opportunities in Ohio, read on.
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:
- 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).
Greene County Vocational School District
Greene County Vocational School District ranks 1st in our latest rankings with fifty-four students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 208 graduates.
Union Institute & University
Union Institute & University ranks 2nd in our rankings with 338 students completing programs in law enforcement administration out of a total 1,414 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.
Delaware Area Career Center
Delaware Area Career Center ranks 3rd in our rankings with 60 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 346 students.
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools ranks 4th in our latest rankings with sixty-eight students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 398 students from the 2012-2013 school year.
Medina County Career Center
Medina County Career Center ranks 5th in our latest rankings with nineteen students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 124 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.
Butler Tech-D Russel Lee Career Center ranks 6th in our rankings with eighty-three students completing programs in corrections out of a total 544 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.
Tiffin University ranks 7th in our rankings with 150 students graduating from programs in corrections and law enforcement administration out of a total 1,792 graduates.
Ohio University- Lancaster
Ohio University-Lancaster Campus ranks 8th in our latest rankings with 17 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 214 students.
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Buckeye Hills Career Center ranks ninth in our latest rankings with eleven students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 166 students in the 2012-2013 school year.
Polaris Career Center
Polaris Career Center ranks 10th in our rankings with 31 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 518 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.
Urbana University ranks 11th in our rankings with nineteen students graduating from programs in criminal justice and law enforcement administration out of a total 358 graduates in the 2012-2013 school year.
Kent State University
Kent State University at Stark ranks twelfth in our latest rankings with thirteen students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 264 graduates.
Zane State College
Zane State College ranks 13th in our latest rankings with forty-two students completing programs in criminal justice, criminal justice, and corrections out of a total a thousand students from the 2012-2013 school year.
Remington College-Cleveland Campus
Remington College-Cleveland Campus ranks 14th in our latest rankings with twenty-two students completing programs in law enforcement administration out of a total 566 graduates.
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College ranks 15th in our rankings with 42 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total a thousand students in the 2012-2013 school year.
Central State University
Central State University ranks 16th in our rankings with 19 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 518 students in the 2012-2013 school year.
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus ranks 17th in our latest rankings with 597 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total seventeen thousand students.
Defiance College ranks 18th in our rankings with 13 students completing programs in criminal justice out of a total 398 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.
Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University ranks nineteenth in our latest rankings with 131 students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total four thousand students.
Scioto County Career Technical Center
Scioto County Career Technical Center ranks twenty in our latest rankings with eleven students graduating from programs in criminal justice out of a total 382 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year.
Continued List of All Criminal Jusitice Programs in Ohio
310 E Market St, Tiffin, OH 44883-2462
Phone: (419) 448-2000
Clark State Community College
570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45501-0570
Phone: (937) 325-0691
James A Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Dr, Lima, OH 45804
Phone: (419) 221-1112
North Central State College
2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44901-0698
Phone: (419) 755-4800
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094-5198
Phone: (440) 525-7000
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601-3993
Phone: (800) 992-6682
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420-9670
Phone: (419) 334-8400
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45236-1096
Phone: (513) 745-5600
Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502-9542
Phone: (419) 267-5511
Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Phone: (567) 661-7000
Bowling Green State University - Firelands
One University Drive, Huron, OH 44839-9791
Phone: (419) 433-5560
EHOVE Career Center
316 W Mason Rd, Milan, OH 44846
Phone: (419) 499-4663 x280
Southern State Community College
100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: (937) 393-3431
Lorain County Community College
1005 North Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035-1691
Phone: (440) 366-5222
3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone: (740) 753-3591
6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania, OH 43560-2898
Phone: (419) 885-3211
University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft, Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Phone: (419) 530-4636
Eastern Gateway Community College
4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952-3598
Phone: (740) 264-5591
Lake Erie College
391 W Washington St, Painesville, OH 44077-3389
Phone: (440) 375-7000
Edison State Community College
1973 Edison Dr, Piqua, OH 45356-9239
Phone: (937) 778-8600
1055 N Bickett Rd, Wilberforce, OH 45384-1001
Phone: (937) 376-2911
Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402-1460
Phone: (937) 512-3000
Warren County Career Center
3525 North State Route 48, Lebanon, OH 45036-1099
Phone: (513) 932-8145 x5249
Washington State Community College
710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: (740) 374-8716
University of Akron Main Campus
302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325-4702
Phone: (330) 972-7111
Central Ohio Technical College
1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055-1767
Phone: (740) 366-1351
Bowling Green State University
220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2531
Marion Technical College
1467 Mount Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302-5694
Phone: (740) 389-4636 x229
1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: (800) 341-9318
The University of Findlay
1000 North Main Street, Findlay, OH 45840-3653
Phone: (419) 422-8313
3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207-1092
Phone: (513) 745-3000
Cuyahoga Community College District
700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115-2878
Phone: (800) 954-8742
1 University Drive, Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
Phone: (419) 358-3000
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, OH 43050-9500
Phone: (740) 392-6868
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Rd, Berea, OH 44017-2088
Phone: (440) 826-2900
Stark State College
6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 494-6170 x4785
Columbus State Community College
550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 287-5353
251 N. Main Street, Cedarville, OH 45314-0601
Phone: (937) 766-2211
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: (614) 253-2741
Ohio Northern University
525 S. Main St, Ada, OH 45810-1599
Phone: (419) 772-2000
401 College Ave 206G Founders Hall, Ashland, OH 44805
Phone: (419) 289-4142
University of Dayton
300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469
Phone: (937) 229-1000
501 East High St, Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 529-1809
201 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215-5399
Phone: (614) 797-4700
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Ohio Correctional Officer Certification Requirements
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has an ongoing recruitment campaign for individuals who are interested in becoming correctional officers employed by the state's penitentiaries and county jails. As the role is challenging, the Ohio DRC has mandated that it will ensure that only those candidates who meet all the requirements of the role will be considered for employment. To follow the standard that they have established, the department has a multi-stage hiring process that ensures that only the best candidates will be left for selection. Applicants start the process by ensuring that they have the following proof of eligibility to accompany their online application:
- Proof of age and U.S. citizenship
- Valid Ohio driver's license
- No felony charges
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Veterans have proof of DD-214 (honorable discharge documents)
- Proof of negative drug test
Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the state will then be contacted to pursue additional assessments in the institutions that they chose as part of their online profile. Those who fail any part of the assessment are welcome to reapply at a later time. The assessments are as follows:
- Fitness testing
- Physical assessment by medical staff
- Video assessment
- Extensive personal and professional background check
Candidates who pass the assessment portion of the hiring process will be contacted for an in-person interview at which time their satisfactory status will remain active for a period of 24 months. In this time, they may be scheduled for NEO (New Employee Orientation) at the start of their position. Employment will be finalized upon successful completion of the final phase of training.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
Phone: (614) 387-0588
Ohio Correctional Officer Employment & Outlook
Correctional Officer Salary: Ohio vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011
The state of Ohio is committed to serve and support correctional facilities in the state by encouraging growth in the field. The median income for front-line correctional officers throughout the state is higher at $42,600 than the median national income of $39,800. CareerInfoNet.org has published state and national trends at http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=&optstatus=011000000&jobfam=33&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=333012&menuMode=&stfips=39&x=61&y=14 which predict that jobs in Ohio are at a 1% decline from now until 2022. The predicted job decline translates into approximately 340 jobs annually in the form of existing vacancies over the next decade.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Correctional Officers (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm)
Ohio Correctional Officer Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for correctional officers in Ohio. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Cleveland, Elyria, Mentor||2,140||$20.06||$41,720|
|Youngstown, Warren, Boardman||1,290||$21.30||$44,310|