The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation expects to hire approximately 7,000 correctional officers over the next three years.
Many of the openings are to replace retiring officers, which is up to about 1,800 per year.
Those interested in attending the correctional officer academy should meet the following requirements:
- High school diploma
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- At least 20 years old; must be 21 at time of appointment
- Pass a drug test screening
- Provide history of law-abiding behavior
- legally be able to won, posses and have custody or control of a firearm
Potential candidates must also pass a written test, qualifications assessment, physical fitness test, vision screening, psychological evaluation, pre-employment medical examination and a background investigation. The application and selection process can take between nine and 12 months. Once the selection process is completed, candidates are offered positions throughout the state and can select their location based on institutional need and availability. Once the candidate accepts the job, they go to a 16-week academy training at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt. During the academy, cadets can earn $3,050 a month as well as benefits. Following graduation, correctional officers can earn $3,774 a month to start, not including wages for overtime worked.
For more information on how to become a correctional officer, visit CDCR's Careers website here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/POR/Index.html. To access the online application visit: https://pass.cdcr.ca.gov/application.