The Strong Interest Inventory® uses individuals’ personal interests and workplace preferences to help them find careers that they will enjoy and that utilize their skills. It works by analyzing individuals’ responses to a series of questions, and then directing them to one to three of six Theme Code Categories, each of which contains a different set of careers. As such, The Strong Interest Inventory® provides a valuable starting point for individuals choosing a career or considering a change.

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Discover the Strong Interest Inventory® career as a Probation Officer. Learn about this career in this data rich write-up including information such as income, daily tasks, required education and more.

Being a Probation Officer is considered a Social Career because it involves working closely with others. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists provide social services that help rehabilitate law offenders who are in custody, on probation, or on parole. Probation Officers have many different responsibilities. For instance, they might interview probationers or parolees regularly to evaluate their progress, recommend remedial action in response to noncompliance, administer drug and alcohol tests and discuss with offenders how issues such as drug and alcohol abuse might have contributed to their criminal behavior. Probation Officers may also be involved in court proceedings. For instance, they might prepare and maintain case folders for each assigned offender, conduct prehearing or pre-sentencing investigations, write reports, or otherwise facilitate the legal process. In addition, Probation Officers may provide a range of counseling services. For example, they might develop rehabilitation programs for assigned offenders or inmates, develop and prepare information packets about social service agencies or other assistance organizations, and identify and approve work placements for offenders.

Probation Officers use a number of different technologies to complete these tasks, including case management software, speech recognition software, appointment scheduling software, and Microsoft Office Suite. They may also need to use e-mail or programs to communicate with their clients, peers, and supervisors. The specific tools and programs used may vary from district to district in different parts of the country. However, if you are interested in this career, being generally proficient with a computer will be important.

Most Probation Officers have a background in law and government, as well as public safety and security. Depending on their education level, they may also have a foundational understanding of psychology, counseling, and customer service. The vast majority of Probation Officers (over 85%) hold a Bachelor’s Degree. They should also be able to critically think, quickly solve problems and make decisions, and have a fair degree of physical fitness, including agility and dexterity. Furthermore, Probation Officers need to be able to communicate comfortably in English and in other languages commonly spoken. Being able to clearly, precisely, and concisely express themselves is very important, and can make a difference for them as well as for their clients.

Probation Officers’ salary can vary widely in different parts of the country, though the median income is $24.71 hourly ($51,410 annually). In certain states, such as California, the median annual income is over $85,000. In others, such as Florida, the median annual income is just $35,000. This career is very common (over 90,000 employed nationwide) and is expected to grow by 5% to 9% in the next several years.

Below are some employment trends for Probation Officers:

  • Median Salary: $21.71 hourly; $51,410 annually
  • Employment: 91,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026): 8,300
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections]

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Gain access to your best-fit careers, occupational preferences and interests with these career based Strong Interest Inventory® Assessments:

  • Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report

    Delve deeper into what your interests, hobbies, favorite topics, and locations can mean for your career and personal life with the help of this extensive and personalized Strong profile.

    Your Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report starts with the same foundational information found in the Strong Interest Inventory Profile, but goes even further into analyzing your likes and dislikes by offering you a detailed look at how following your interests and preferences can help you lead a more fulfilling, satisfied life. The report presents you with the closest matched occupations for people with your interests, an in-depth breakdown of certain areas matched to your Strong Interest Inventory test results, and insight into your likes and dislikes.

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    Strong Interest Inventory® Profile

    Mold your future success by choosing a career that accurately reflects your interests, preferences,  favorite topics as well as your likes and dislikes with the help of this profile.

    Direct your future based on what you like and enjoy, providing you with a happier, more fulfilling life and career. The Strong Interest Inventory® Profile uses an extensive analysis of your interests and preferences to guide you towards a career that best suits who you are on a personal level. Depending on your likes and dislikes compared to others in specified fields, you may find a fulfilling career previously unthought-of, helping guide you down the road to success and happiness.

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    Plan your future career based on your interests and preferences, leading you down the path to a successful work and personal life.

    Use your interests, preferences, and favorite subjects and leisure activities to assess which career or career field works best with who you are and what you like. Through the web-interactive and thorough iStartStrong™ report, you’ll get set off on the right foot toward finding a career that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections