- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The Georgia State Department of Corrections groups all the states county and private prisons; transitional facilities, detention centers; parole and county jails under their jurisdiction. This includes the state's 26 state prisons such as Arrendale State Prison, Central State Prison, and Jimmy Autry State Prison, as well as federal facilities like the Federal Correctional Institutions at Jesup and Atlanta. Altogether, there are 13,004 correctional officers in the state of Georgia and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this number will increase by a steady 5% to 13,654 by 2022. Not included in this tally are significant factors such as jobs opening due to retirement, attrition, and promotion. The median salary for a front line corrections officer in the state is approximately $31,108 - opportunities for growth and advancement are plentiful for willing candidates. Interested in reading more about the corrections industry and where you might fit in? Read on for more information.