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Posted May 03, 2008 by

Preparing For a Career as a Correctional Officer

If you have an interest in law enforcement careers then the entry level law enforcement job of a correctional officer may suit your purposes. While the job, with its inherent dangers, isn’t for everyone, some people find it to be a very appealing line of work with a good financial reward.
The requirements for correctional officers vary from state to state with many states now requiring a college education or work experience to obtain this entry level law enforcement job. In states which haven’t yet adopted this policy, it is still standard practice to require a minimum of a high school education or its equivalent. To find entry level work within the federal prison system, the minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree, three years of full-time experience in a field providing counseling, assistance, or supervision to individuals or a combination of the two is necessary, along with additional training provided by the department.
Earning anywhere from $23,000 to more than $58,000 in annual salary according to the area, the entry level law enforcement job of the correctional officer is considered to be well paid. The entry level job of the correctional officer also allows room for upward mobility and additional education options.
If you are interested in an entry level law enforcement job such as this, college courses in criminal justice and law enforcement are highly recommended. For entry level jobs and internship opportunities in your area, please check the listings on the Entry Level Job and Internship Pages at

Posted August 24, 2006 by

Turn Around Slowly and Assume the Search for Entry-Level Law Enforcement Jobs (in New Jersey)

A job in law enforcement is not for the ill at heart, and now that I’ve decided you are not (humor me)…let’s find you a nice entry-level law enforcement job—in the New Jersey area no less.
Start with the New Jersey Department of Personnel (NJDOP) and you will find that every entry-level law enforcement job seeker must apply for, and pass, the Law Enforcement Exam (LEE). There is also a training course offered to prepare for this examination (LEEP—the P is for “preparation”).
Okay, once all you entry-level law enforcement people are qualified, start looking at sites specifically tailored for the New Jersey area. I suggest, which has a list of jobs and career resources (provided by and all those other nice job helping tools. If you decided that New Jersey is not where you want to be, well, other cities are listed there too, just for your convenience. You can also check out to see what turns up there.
To keep up with all your law-enforcement news and events go to, which provides news and headlines for the New Jersey area, as well as links leading to the LEE and LEEP as well. It’s a plethora of law enforcement fun. Check out the links and enforce the law!
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