There are currently an estimated 91,300 probation officers in the United States. The probation officer job market is expected to grow by 5.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are probation officers?

CareerExplorer rates probation officers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,500 probation officers. That number is based on 5,200 additional probation officers, and the retirement of 5,300 existing probation officers.

What’s the supply of probation officers?

The probation officer industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Probation Officer job market by state

State Name Employed Probation Officers
California 11,890
Texas 8,660
New York 4,530
Pennsylvania 4,240
Florida 3,580
Ohio 2,970
Georgia 2,830
New Jersey 2,820
North Carolina 2,810
Virginia 2,810
Missouri 2,480
Michigan 2,470
Illinois 2,300
Colorado 2,250
Washington 2,210
Arizona 2,190
Tennessee 1,910
Indiana 1,720
Oregon 1,680
Wisconsin 1,410
Minnesota 1,370
Oklahoma 1,110
Alabama 1,010
Louisiana 950
Arkansas 920
Kentucky 900
Nevada 880
New Mexico 860
West Virginia 840
Iowa 730
Kansas 730
Idaho 710
Utah 620
Mississippi 570
Nebraska 510
South Carolina 420
Montana 370
South Dakota 370
Alaska 290
Maine 270
New Hampshire 210
Wyoming 170
North Dakota 160
District of Columbia 90
Hawaii 60