A career in corrections can be rewarding in that there is job security and good pay. The usual career path would take you up the ranks to Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden and then Warden. While a college degree isn't a requirement usually for a CO, you would definitely need a degree to move up the ranks. In Corrections, you will usually work inside a facility but there are also high level jobs in the headquarters that are very specialized. For example, you could focus on anti-recidivism programming, juvenile facilities, special-needs inmates, etc. That's where that college degree would come in very handy. There are also opportunities outside of the Dept. of Corrections. A CO could take their experience and work for a non-profit on developing programs and services that would help inmates avoid reoffending. They could teach college courses on the science of criminology and how it impacts corrections theory, etc. Lots of cool stuff to do in this field!