The four years one spends in high school are said to be some of the best four years of your life, but once you hit those upperclassmen classes one can freak out. Everyone knows the girl who has had her whole life planned since pre-school and that's a scary idea when one doesn't know what they want to do after high school. If this is you, here's a look into a possible job that has some killer benefits.
Tim Grady has been working as a probation officer for many years now and offered some insight into what qualifications one needs to be able to go into this field.
“You need to be over twenty-one, you must have a high school equivalent diploma, so a GED would work,” said Grady. “You also need some college experience like an AA or associates in criminal justice and applied field or a four-year bachelor’s degree. You must also go through the POST academy, it is a 428-hour academy where you learn the laws as well as participate in a lot of physical fitness. Then once you come out of the academy you are certified in different categories such as a level one, two, or three. Category II is a probation officer 10-week academy, Category I (police or deputy) is a 16-week academy.”
Like college, the academy has high standards in regards to physical fitness as well as academic studies.
“At the academy on day one you need to do so many push-ups in a minute, so many sit-ups, you need to be able to run a mile in a certain amount of time,” explained Grady. “If you didn't meet these requirements you would be sent home. You would spend Monday-Friday at the academy much like a college campus. You had roommates. It was rough at times not always being able to see my girls nor my wife all the time. The police academy also has a code of ethics, no cheating be respectful. You were in the classroom depending on what was going on from 8-10 hours a day. You learned Nevada laws the amendments a lot of instruction also went into it.”
As a probation officer physical fitness is a very big deal so it is good for someone who would want an excuse to keep in shape. Along with the physical aspects of the job Tim explained the benefits that probation officers get which is also quite important when looking for a job such as health and dental.
Like any job retirement and the different plans that are available are just as important as a salary or benefits.
“You can apply for the 410k but you're invested in the pers system, which is a retirement program which gives you a little bonus for however many years you've worked which is what teachers fall under,” said Grady. “With PERS you can help buy years, so when you start you don't have enough money or it is too expensive to buy it but as you stay in the system it gets more expensive.”
There is, of course, a lot more that goes into any job but Tim offered a great amount of insight for those who are interested. The average salary is around $40,089 a year that comes with benefits as well as a retirement plan.