Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will be hiring 7,000 correctional officers over the next three years.

A retirement spike in correctional officers has the state's prison system seeking new employees.

There are typically almost 1,800 correctional officer vacancies annually, caused by retirement, said Lt. Christopher Acosta, public information officer for Pelican Bay State Prison.

Applicants must undergo a written test, qualifications assessment, physical fitness test, background investigation and medical and psychological screening during the selection process, which could take up to a year.

For anyone interested, Acosta suggests applying while still employed or looking for other employment in order to receive income until the completion of the application process.

Once the initial tests are successfully completed, candidates must undergo a 16-week academy training program in Galt, during which a correctional cadet will earn at least $3,050 a month.

Upon becoming a correctional officer, the pay scale ranges from $3,774 to $6,389 a month.

People can begin the application process The website contains more details regarding what it takes to become a correctional officer.

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