- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Incarcerated individuals in Arizona's local, state, and federal prisons require qualified corrections officers that are professional and treat offenders within safe and humane guidelines, as well as provide opportunities for reform every day. Arizona has some of the largest facilities in the United States and therefore the need for both male and female correctional workers is ongoing. Currently, the state employs just over 9,800 officers across its 16 facilities, which house 39,062 inmates. Correctional facilities in Arizona are either state-owned, like Yuma, Winslow, and Tucson State Prisons, or are under contract from the state to private enterprises, such as Central Arizona Correctional Facility, Marana, and the Red Rock Correctional Center. Regardless, information concerning each facility and employment opportunities can be found on the state's Department of Corrections website. The Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines that job growth is steady at 5% over the next decade, and ample employment opportunities abound as states outsource more prison facilities to third-party companies and move to fill internal gaps left by retiring or promoted officers. The need for correctional workers in community services capacities is also expected to grow. Read more information about the industry below.