JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Corrections wants to hire about 700 people to work as a corrections officer, but the job may not be what you think it is.
Burl Cain, the state's corrections commissioner, said those officers at Mississippi's three prisons don't necessarily do the same thing.
"We have jobs on the farm," said Cain. "We have jobs in the office. We have jobs to prepare food. And all these jobs are correctional officer jobs."
The correctional officer jobs also include teaching inmates morals as well as skills they can use.
"This is an important job," added Cain. "This is a people job. This is a job if you want to help, this is where you want to go."
The jobs are available regardless of education level. The agency will hire college graduates but will also hire people without a high school diploma.
However, there is paid training on the job as well as classroom training, which includes teaching officers how to get inmates to calm down and follow instructions. The commissioner described that as being like a Dale Carnegie course.
"Actually, it could be good for your marriage," Cain joked.
The starting pay is $30,347.15, but it can climb in just six months. Also, it comes with health insurance and state retirement.
Anyone interested in those positions can apply by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 866-783-9359.