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Career and Education Opportunities for Correctional Officers in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its most populous city is Albuquerque.

About 6,610 people are currently employed as correctional officers in New Mexico. By 2016, this is expected to grow 33% to 8,790 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for correctional officers are expected to grow by about 9.4%. Correctional officers generally guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures.

The income of a correctional officer is about $13 hourly or $27,790 per year on average in New Mexico. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $18 per hour or $38,380 yearly on average. Correctional officers earn more than people working in the category of Correctional generally in New Mexico and more than people in the Correctional category nationally. People working as correctional officers can fill a number of jobs, such as: juvenile corrections officer, custodial officer, and correctional guard.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Roughly 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist attractions include the Albuquerque City Government, the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop, and the LA Fonda Del Bosque.

CITIES WITH Correctional Officer OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


JOB DESCRIPTION: Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, correctional officers guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. They also may guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, or other point.

Every day, correctional officers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Mexico include:

  • Fire Code Inspector. Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
  • Fire Inspector. Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
  • Security Guard. Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Mexico

New Mexico
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New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.