We surveyed 457 probation officers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical probation officer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a probation officer?

Low

High

Working as a probation officer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a probation officer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a probation officer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a probation officer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a probation officer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for probation officers.

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Do probation officers work full-time or part-time?

95% of probation officers work in full-time roles while 5% work part-time.

Is being a probation officer stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst probation officers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a probation officer?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a probation officer.

How competitive is the workplace for probation officers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for probation officers.

Does being a probation officer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for probation officers.

Are probation officers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Probation officers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do probation officers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Probation officers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a probation officer physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a probation officers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are probation officers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Probation officers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a probation officer require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a probation officer.

Does being a good probation officer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as probation officers.