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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

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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

Tasks

  • Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain order in courtroom during trial and guard jury from outside contact. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check courtroom for security and cleanliness and assure availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Screen, control, and handle evidence and exhibits during court proceedings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stop people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Announce entrance of judge. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Escort prisoners to and from courthouse and maintain custody of prisoners during court proceedings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide jury escort to restaurant and other areas outside of courtroom to prevent jury contact with public. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guard lodging of sequestered jury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain court docket. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzer units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras — Digital still cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital video recorders — Digital video recording equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital recording equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handguns — Law enforcement handguns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Interactive whiteboards or accessories — Electronic whiteboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS terminal — Point of sale POS computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Riot batons — Expandable batons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety vests — Protective vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security metal detector — Handheld metal detector; Walk-through metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Teleconference equipment — Teleconferencing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video monitors — Video surveillance systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray baggage inspection system — X ray inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Statistics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Court docket management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Case management system software; National Crime Information Center NCIC database *; State crime information databases See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document legal or regulatory information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain public order or security. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide security escorts for officials, jury members, or other individuals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guard facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities for cleanliness. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Deal With External Customers — 92% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 75% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 74% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 50% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 51% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 19% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 53% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 46% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 33% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 47% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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 sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
53   High school diploma or equivalent Help
32   Some college, no degree
13   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $18.34 hourly, $38,150 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 5,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Correctional Officers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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