Probation/Parole Officer

Professionals in this profession supervise offenders who have either been released from prison or detention on parole or have been place on community-based orders by the courts. They work to rehabilitate offenders back into the community by enforcing court orders and release licenses, conducting risk assessments to protect the public, ensuring the offender is aware of the impact their crimes will and have had on the community and manage and assess placement of offenders. Probation/Parole Officers work closely with offenders, victims, police, prison officials, local authorities and housing departments; they may have to make assessments to advise the courts, visit prisons to interview and assess prisoners and develop and implement community based work programs.

This is a highly competitive vocation with jobs dependent on the crime rate, so a tertiary degree in social sciences, counseling or psychology or community services and experience may improve your chances of employment. Before obtaining employment in this field, Probation/Parole Officers need to undergo a police check, literacy, medical, numeracy and psychological testing. Probation/Parole Officers need to have good communication skills, be able to relate to and assess people and situation, have an interest in others' welfare, and possess qualities such as discretion, tolerance, patience and maturity.