Today's CSO is a professional rendering specialized services to offenders and citizens. CSOs have varied levels of education and experience, with at least a Bachelor"s Degree in corrections, counseling, criminology, psychology, social work, sociology, or a closely related field.

CSOs possess a diverse range of skills, including a thorough working knowledge   of the criminal and juvenile laws, as well as psychological and social dynamics of human behavior.

There is a wide diversity of duties required of a particular CSO, depending upon where he or she is located. The CSO in the rural area must provide all services requested by the Court, as well as traveling to render services to all areas of the judicial district. In the urban areas, the CSO generally is highly specialized in one area of service provision.