Confronted with a growing wave of retirements, the California Department of Corrections will need to hire about 7,000 prison officers over the next three years, reports the Sacramento Bee. An average of 150 prison officers retire each month. The state employs about 28,500 full-time parole and prison officers.
The minimum qualifications include U.S. citizenship and a high school diploma. Applicants must be 21 or older, must pass a drug test and must be legally eligible to own and use a firearm. They must also pass a physical fitness test, vision screening and psychological evaluation, a pre-employment medical examination and a background investigation. The process can take up to a year, including 16 weeks at a training academy. New correctional officers earn $3,774 per month, plus overtime and benefits.