Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

About The Industry

Do you like to help protect other people's safety? Do you want to help enforce the law? This industry includes careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, corrections, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support. Careers in the law, public safety, corrections & security industry involve protecting people and enforcing rules. Many occupations in this industry typically require a high school diploma or equivalent. However, specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for occupations such as security guards to a doctoral or professional degree, 5 or more years of work experience in a related occupation, and short-term on-the-job training for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.

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Forensic Science Technicians

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$56,520

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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$55,960

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Lawyers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Education

First Professional Degree

Average Salary

$130,630

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Judicial Law Clerks

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

Education

Doctoral Degree

Average Salary

$43,020

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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

Education

Doctoral Degree

Average Salary

$91,470

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Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$42,120

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Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

Education

Doctoral Degree

Average Salary

$106,040

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Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$50,470

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Court Reporters

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$63,150

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Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$53,590

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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$35,430

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First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$56,100

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First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$89,390

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Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$71,010

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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$71,010

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Municipal Firefighters

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$45,230

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Forest Firefighters

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$45,230

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Fire Inspectors

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$61,820

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Fire Investigators

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$61,820

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Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$43,000

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Bailiffs

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Maintain order in courts of law.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,320

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Correctional Officers and Jailers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$42,220

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Police Detectives

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$76,650

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Police Identification and Records Officers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$76,650

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Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$76,650

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Immigration and Customs Inspectors

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$76,650

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Intelligence Analysts

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$76,650

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Fish and Game Wardens

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$47,460

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Parking Enforcement Workers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or city streets to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,690

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Police Patrol Officers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$62,470

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Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$62,470

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Transit and Railroad Police

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$53,000

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Animal Control Workers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,640

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Private Detectives and Investigators

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$53,180

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Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Act as oversight and security agent for management and customers. Observe casino or casino hotel operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons. May use one-way mirrors above the casino floor, cashier's cage, and from desk. Use of audio/video equipment is also common to observe operation of the business. Usually required to provide verbal and written reports of all violations and suspicious behavior to supervisor.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,190

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Security Guards

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,880

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Crossing Guards

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$19,790

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Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$21,810

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Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Implement procedures and systems to prevent merchandise loss. Conduct audits and investigations of employee activity. May assist in developing policies, procedures, and systems for safeguarding assets.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,680

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Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. Receive reports from the public of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies. Relay information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May maintain contact with caller until responders arrive.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,830

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Legal Secretaries

Industries: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$45,460

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