Learn about the types of people who become correctional officers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

96% of correctional officers work in full-time roles while 4% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a correctional officer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming correctional officers at a ratio of 1.26 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

40% of correctional officers are female and 60% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a correctional officer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a correctional officer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more women interested in becoming a correctional officer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of correctional officers are White, making up 68% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 17% and 7% respectively.