Summary Report for:
33-3011.00 - Bailiffs
Maintain order in courts of law.
Sample of reported job titles: Bailiff, Court Bailiff, Court Officer, Court Security Officer, Deputy Bailiff, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Court Services, Security Officer
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.
- Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
- Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.
- Maintain order in courtroom during trial and guard jury from outside contact.
- Check courtroom for security and cleanliness and assure availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys.
- Screen, control, and handle evidence and exhibits during court proceedings.
- Report need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office.
- Stop people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury.
- Announce entrance of judge.
- Escort prisoners to and from courthouse and maintain custody of prisoners during court proceedings.
- Provide jury escort to restaurant and other areas outside of courtroom to prevent jury contact with public.
- Guard lodging of sequestered jury.
- Maintain court docket.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzer units
- Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars
- Digital cameras — Digital still cameras
- Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players
- Digital video recorders — Digital video recording equipment
- Digital voice recorders — Digital recording equipment
- Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs
- Handguns — Law enforcement handguns
- Interactive whiteboards or accessories — Electronic whiteboards
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
- Personal computers
- Point of sale POS terminal — Point of sale POS computer terminals
- Riot batons — Expandable batons
- Safety vests — Protective vests
- Security metal detector — Handheld metal detector; Walk-through metal detectors
- Tablet computers
- Teleconference equipment — Teleconferencing equipment
- Two way radios — Mobile radios
- Video monitors — Video surveillance systems
- X ray baggage inspection system — X ray inspection equipment
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Statistics software
- Calendar and scheduling software — Court docket management software
- Data base user interface and query software — Case management system software; National Crime Information Center NCIC database; State crime information databases
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Detailed Work Activities
- Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
- Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
- Request emergency personnel.
- Document legal or regulatory information.
- Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities.
- Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
- Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
- Maintain public order or security.
- Patrol properties to maintain safety.
- Provide security escorts for officials, jury members, or other individuals.
- Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Guard facilities.
- Inspect facilities for cleanliness.
- Deal With External Customers — 92% responded “Extremely important.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 95% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 97% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 75% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 74% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 50% responded “Extremely important.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “Some freedom.”
- Physical Proximity — 51% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Telephone — 19% responded “Never.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 53% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 66% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Extremely important.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 46% responded “Extremely important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 33% responded “About half the time.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 34% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 47% responded “About half the time.”
- Time Pressure — 27% responded “Every day.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|53||High school diploma or equivalent|
|32||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: RCE
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$20.03 hourly, $41,670 annual|
|Employment (2014)||17,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Average (5% to 8%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||5,600|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Correctional officers and bailiffs . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.