Bailiffs

General Information

Description

Maintain order in courts of law.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government91.73%
  2. Federal government7.78%
  3. Private, for profit0.42%
  4. Private, not for profit0.06%
  5. Self-employed0.01%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of correctional officers and bailiffs is projected to decline 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. State and local budget constraints and prison population levels will determine how many correctional officers are necessary. Although correctional officers will continue to be needed to watch over the U.S. prison population, changes to criminal laws can have a large effect on how many people are arrested and incarcerated each year. Faced with high costs for keeping people in prison, many state governments have moved toward laws requiring shorter prison terms and alternatives to prison. While keeping the public safe, community-based programs designed to rehabilitate prisoners and limit their risk of repeated offenses may also reduce prisoner counts. Bailiffs will continue to be needed to keep order in courtrooms.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$39,170

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$70,940
$22,640
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 52%
  • Some college 31%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Associate's degree 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Law and Government
  • Psychology
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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