Correctional workers work inside prison facilities. They look after security within the institution, supervise inmates, search inmates and check cells, as well as escort inmates on trips outside the institution. They also supervise programs, provide some counselling and prepare discipline reports on inmates.
The federal government hires correctional workers in penitentiaries, while the provincial government hires them to work in provincial correctional centres. Correctional workers must have at least a grade 12 education. Most correctional workers today have university degrees in social sciences such as psychology, sociology, criminology, social work or human justice.