The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster is about planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. The justice system is a complex field that employs many people to keep communications safe. This cluster offers great careers for people who want to give back to their community. Police officers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters are vital for citizen’s security. This cluster also encompasses the legal field.
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster is projected to gain employment from 2010 and 2020, growing by 13 percent, about the national average rate of growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security occupations had about 4.8 million workers in 2010, and projects about 5.4 million by 2020.
The report Employment Projections for Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make…
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
|Occupation||Employed in VA||Typical salary1||Typical entry-level Education|
|Bailiffs||430||$19K–$67K||High school diploma|
|Detectives and criminal investigators||3,620||$40K–$123K||High school diploma|
|Emergency management directors||370||$31K–$108K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Fire inspectors and investigators||180||$34K–$87K||High school diploma|
|Forensic science technicians||360||$32K–$85K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Paralegals and legal assistants||8,680||$29K–$75K||Associate’s degree|
|Police and sheriff’s patrol officers||17,970||$32K–$89K||High school diploma|
|Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers||3,000||$23K–$57K||High school diploma|
|Private detectives and investigators||620||$28K–$80K||Some college|
|Probation officers and corrections specialists||2,830||$32K–$83K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Security guards||32,520||$17K–$42K||High school diploma|
110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics