What are the pros and cons of being a parole officer?

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There are two major types of pros that come along with a career as a parole officer.  First, there are economic pros.  While you will not get paid a tremendously high salary, the job security is good.  There will always be demand for parole officers.  In addition, as a government worker, you will get decent benefits, which is not something you can be sure of getting in the private sector.  The other type of pro is related to job satisfaction.  This is a job in which you can, at times, make a real difference in a person’s life.  You get to tackle interesting problems and there will be times when you can solve those problems and help a person straighten their life out.

However, there are things that are bad about the job and the major bad aspects of the job also have to do with job satisfaction.  This can be a stressful job.  You are trying to help people and you may get emotionally involved in that effort.  The people are often going to be very hard to help and you will often fail.  The people you are trying to help may resent you and lie to you and otherwise make it hard for you to try to help them.

Thus, this is a job that can be rewarding but can also be very frustrating.