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Working As A House Officer

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A House Officer Do

Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs, also known as marshals or court officers, are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms. Their duties, which vary by location, include enforcing courtroom rules, assisting judges, guarding juries, delivering court documents, and providing general security for courthouses.

Duties

Correctional officers typically do the following:

  • Enforce rules and keep order within jails or prisons
  • Supervise activities of inmates
  • Aid in rehabilitation and counseling of prisoners
  • Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet security and safety standards
  • Search inmates for contraband items
  • Report on inmate conduct 

Inside the prison or jail, correctional officers enforce rules and regulations. They maintain security by preventing disturbances, assaults, and escapes. They must also ensure the whereabouts of all inmates at all times.

On any given day, officers search inmates for contraband, such as weapons and drugs, settle disputes between inmates, and enforce discipline. Officers enforce regulations through effective communication and the use of progressive sanctions, which involve punishments such as loss of privileges. Sanctions are progressive in that they start out small for a lesser offense but become more severe for more serious offenses. In addition, officers may aid inmates in their rehabilitation by scheduling work assignments, counseling, and educational opportunities.

Correctional officers inspect facilities periodically. They check cells and other areas for unsanitary conditions, contraband, signs of a security breach (such as tampering with window bars and doors), and any other evidence of violations of the rules. Officers also inspect mail and visitors for prohibited items. They write reports and fill out daily logs detailing inmate behavior and anything else of note that occurred during their shift.

Correctional officers may have to restrain inmates in handcuffs and leg irons to escort them safely to and from cells and to see authorized visitors. Officers also escort prisoners between the institution where they are held and courtrooms, medical facilities, and other destinations.

Correctional officers must report any inmate who violates the rules. If a crime is committed within their institution or an inmate escapes, they help law enforcement authorities investigate and search for the escapee.

Because prisoners typically stay longer in state and federal prisons than in county jails, correctional officers in prisons get to know the people in their charge.

Correctional officers have no law enforcement responsibilities outside their place of work.

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How To Become A House Officer

Correctional officers go through a training academy and then are assigned to a facility for on-the-job training. Although qualifications vary by state and agency, all agencies require a high school diploma. Bailiff positions also require a high school diploma. Federal agencies may also require some college education or previous work experience.

Correctional officers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have no felony convictions. Many agencies establish a minimum age for correctional officers, which is typically between 18 and 21 years of age. New applicants for federal corrections positions must be appointed before they are 37 years old.

Education

Correctional officers must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Some state and local corrections agencies require some college credits. Law enforcement or military experience may be substituted for this requirement.

For employment in federal prisons, the Federal Bureau of Prisons requires entry-level correctional officers to have at least a bachelor's degree; 3 years of full-time experience in a field providing counseling, assistance, or supervision to individuals; or a combination of the two.

Training

Federal, state, and some local departments of corrections, as well as some private corrections companies, provide training for correctional officers based on guidelines established by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Some states have regional training academies that are available to local agencies. Academy trainees receive instruction in a number of subjects, including self-defense, institutional policies, regulations, operations, and custody and security procedures. Although most correctional officers do not carry firearms when on duty, they may receive training in the use of firearms.

After formal academy instruction, state and local correctional agencies provide on-the-job training, including training on legal restrictions and interpersonal relations. Trainees typically receive several weeks or months of training under the supervision of an experienced officer. However, on-the-job training varies widely from agency to agency.

New federal correctional officers must undergo 200 hours of formal training within the first year of employment, including 120 hours of specialized training at the Federal Bureau of Prisons residential training center. Experienced officers receive annual inservice training to keep up to date on new developments and procedures.

Correctional officers who are members of prison tactical response teams are trained to respond to disturbances, riots, hostage situations, and other dangerous circumstances. Team members practice disarming prisoners, wielding weapons, and using other tactics to maintain the safety of inmates and officers alike.

Bailiffs must undergo training in court procedures and the proper way to place someone under arrest, and they may also learn how to use a firearm.

Other Experience

Military experience is viewed as excellent preparation for becoming a correctional officer.

Advancement

Qualified officers may advance to the position of correctional sergeant. Sergeants are responsible for maintaining security and directing the activities of other officers. Qualified officers may also be promoted to supervisory or administrative positions, including warden. Officers sometimes transfer to related jobs, such as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.

Important Qualities

Good judgment. Correctional officers and bailiffs must use both their training and common sense to quickly determine the best course of action and to take the necessary steps to achieve a desired outcome.

Interpersonal skills. Correctional officers and bailiffs must be able to interact and communicate effectively with inmates and others to maintain order in correctional facilities and courtrooms.

Negotiating skills. Correctional officers must be able to assist others in resolving differences in order to avoid conflict.

Physical strength. Correctional officers and bailiffs must have the strength to physically subdue inmates or others.

Self-discipline. Correctional officers must control their emotions when confronted with hostile situations.

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House Officer Career Paths

House Officer
Medical Officer Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Officer Medical Director Vice President
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Medical Officer
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Physician Medical Coder Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Physician Medical Coder Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Physician Office Manager Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Residency In Internal Medicine Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Residency In Internal Medicine Physician Assistant Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Residency In Internal Medicine Assistant Professor Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Officer Security Supervisor
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Officer Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Officer Adjunct Professor Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Project Manager Program Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Adjunct Instructor Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Program Manager Clinical Director
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Dentist Office Manager House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Resident Physician Assistant Professor Nurse Manager
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Resident Physician Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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House Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

50.1%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

21.1%
Ethnicity

White

45.2%

Unknown

16.8%

Asian

14.2%

Black or African American

12.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.7%

Arabic

19.6%

Urdu

14.1%

Hindi

8.7%

French

7.6%

Igbo

3.3%

Yoruba

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Sanskrit

2.2%

Tamil

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Malayalam

2.2%

Hausa

2.2%

German

2.2%

Hebrew

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Sindhi

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Saraiki

1.1%

Russian

1.1%
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House Officer Education

Schools

University of the Sciences

12.5%

University of Phoenix

9.9%

New York University

6.6%

The Academy

6.6%

George Washington University

5.3%

Johns Hopkins University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

University of Kentucky

4.6%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.9%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

3.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.9%

New York Medical College

3.9%

Emory University

3.9%

School of Health

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

University of the West

3.3%
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Majors

Medicine

24.5%

Veterinary Science

13.5%

Public Health

11.5%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Business

6.3%

Nursing

4.9%

Education

4.5%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

4.0%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.1%

Psychology

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Law

1.7%

Clinical Psychology

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Physician Assistant

1.2%

Dentistry

1.2%

Health And Wellness

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

25.9%

Other

25.2%

Masters

24.9%

Doctorate

11.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

3.9%

Diploma

3.6%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$171,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Henry Ford Health System
Highest Paying City
Omaha, NE
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a House Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a House Officer in the United States is $81,505 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $171,000.

Real House Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MD General Medicine, House Officer Fairview Hospital Cleveland, OH Jul 01, 2014 $170,000
Surgical House Officer Northwest Hospital Randallstown, MD Jul 19, 2013 $156,525
Radiology House Officer William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI Jan 17, 2013 $104,350 -
$156,525
House Officer Wyckoff Heights Medical Center New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $75,000
House Officer VIII University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 01, 2014 $74,241
House Officer VII University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 01, 2014 $70,913
House Officer VII University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jun 30, 2016 $69,721
House Officer VII University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jan 07, 2016 $69,721
House Officer VIII University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jul 01, 2013 $69,683
House Officer VII University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jul 01, 2015 $68,354
House Officer VI University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 01, 2013 $66,455
House Officer VI University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jan 07, 2016 $66,368
House Officer IV University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jul 01, 2015 $62,357
House Officer (Fellow) Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jul 01, 2015 $62,337
House Officer (Fellow) Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania New Castle, DE Jul 01, 2015 $62,337
House Officer IV University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jan 07, 2016 $62,119
House Officer IV University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jul 01, 2015 $62,119
House Officer IV University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jul 01, 2013 $57,405
House Officer II University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jun 17, 2016 $57,191
House Officer 1 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jan 07, 2016 $57,191
House Officer III University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE Jul 01, 2014 $57,092
House Officer (PGY University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Jan 10, 2016 $56,690
House Officer (Pgy5) University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Jul 01, 2015 $56,690
House Officer (PGY University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Oct 01, 2015 $56,690

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Top Skills for A House Officer

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Emergency Room
  3. Internal Medicine
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  • Performed medical and surgical procedures and aided in spinal and general anesthesia.
  • Attended and managed emergency room with 10 beds.
  • Provided medical management of adult and pediatric orthopedic, plastic surgery and internal medicine patients.
  • Worked in General Surgery & as a General Practitioner.
  • Assisted my supervisor during out - patient clinic / visits, and transported medical records to various departments.

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