According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, probation officers make around $48,000 per year on average, as of 2012. Probation officers work with released offenders to help them reintegrate into society and prevent them from committing new crimes.
Because probation officers work with criminal offenders and may be assigned to work in high-crime areas, the work can be quite stressful. Most probation officer positions require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree, and most applicants must also pass written, oral and psychological examinations. Although the probation officer field is not expected to grow much in the immediate future, the profession still offers job openings because many employees leave the field each year.