Careers Service Social Services

Probation Officer

Career description:

Probation officers assist in the rehabilitation of people in custody, on probation, or on parole. They evaluate the needs of the law offenders in their care and create treatment plans to help them progress and prepare for life after probation. These professionals offer a variety of social services, such as educational resources, career training, and support for those struggling with substance abuse.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Speak with probationers to assess their rehabilitation progress and establish next steps and goals
  • Evaluate and report on treatment stages and individual tasks
  • Conduct drug and alcohol tests on probationers if required
  • Provide access to resources for job training, employment, and education
  • Investigate each probationer’s history and actions
  • Complete, maintain, and submit probationer reports and case files for courts and law enforcement.

Similar occupations:

Adult Probation Officer, Correctional Counselor, Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), Juvenile Probation Officer, Parole Agent, Parole Officer (PO), Probation Agent, Probation and Parole Officer, Probation Counselor, Probation Officer