Probation Officers

Probation officers work to rehabilitate offenders. They supervise, counsel and help them before trial, during any prison or community sentence and on release from prison


New workers

New workers start around £18,148. Normal pay is £33,282 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47,900.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 9,467 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Keeps accurate and comprehensive records.

  • Works with prisoners in giving advice on problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, addressing training needs, finding work and getting accommodation.

  • Draws up probation plans with offenders and helps them follow it, advises them on any work and helps them with any family or social problems.

  • Enforces court orders and serves the public by providing a wide range of supervision programmes for those in receipt of a community sentence.

  • Produces pre-sentence reports to the court about an individual’s crime, their personal circumstances, the suitability of sentencing, the likelihood of re-offending and the future risk to the public.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Probation

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Job Evaluation

  • Child Safeguarding

  • Data Modeling

  • Social Behaviour

  • Risk Management

  • Case Management

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

  • Risk Management Planning

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • English Language

  • Resilience

  • Empathy

  • Report Writing

  • Leadership

  • Training And Development

  • Mathematics

  • Team Performance Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.