Law & Public Safety

Overview

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2019, faster than average for all occupations, which will result in about 67,600 new jobs. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services, there is expected to be strong demand to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. The median annual wage for legal occupations was $81,820 in May 2019, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810. Employment of protective service occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average, and will result in about 95,200 new jobs. Median annual wage for protective service occupations was $41,580 in May 2019, slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Experience & Exposure Opportunities

  • Mock Trial
  • Model United Nations
  • Forensics Club
  • Discover Law Program
  • Police Pathfinders
  • Internships & Job Shadows

Organization/club opportunities vary by school. See your Counselor for more information

New Horizons Courses

  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Sample Jobs in the Law and Public Safety Field

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career TitleMean Annual SalaryEducation Requirements
Paralegal and Legal Assistant$51,740Associates Degree
Emergency Medical Technician$35,400High School Diploma/Associates Degree, EMT Certification
Firefighter$50,850High School Diploma/Associates Degree, Certification
Judges and Hearing Officer$120,090J.D. (Juris Doctor)
Lawyer$122,960J.D. (Juris Doctor)
Law Enforcement Officer and Detective$65,170High School Diploma/Bachelor’s Degree, Training Academy