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Law and Public Safety

Are you interested in the law? Do you want to protect your community? The field of law, public safety and corrections offers a range of opportunities for you.

Career Pathways

Law and public safety have five career pathways:

  • Law Enforcement: Individuals who fight crime and maintain public safety, such as police officers.
  • Legal Services: Individuals who work with the law, such as judges, lawyers, and assistants at various levels.
  • Emergency and Fire Management: Individuals who respond to emergencies or natural disasters, such as paramedics or firefighters.
  • Correction Services: Individuals who work with law enforcement with a focus on those who have broken the law, such as a correction officer or probation officer.
  • Security and Protection Services: Individuals who protect buildings or people, such as security guards or life guards.

Meta-Major: Public Safety

Are you interested in a career in the law or public safety but not sure what you want to do? Check out the public safety meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as public safety. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Education-Career-Income Connection

The field of law, public safety and corrections offers a broad range of occupations at varying education levels.

Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
Life Guard $22,410 Probation Officer $53,020
Security Guard $28,490 Fish and Game Warden $57,710
Correction Officer $44,330 Forensic Science Technician  
Municipal or Forest Fighter $49,620 Arbitrator or Mediator $62,270
Paralegal and Legal Assistant $50,940 Administrative Law Judge $99,850
Court Reporter $57,150 Lawyer $120,910
Police Patrol Officer $61,380 Judge or Magistrate Judge $133,920
Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff $61,380    
Immigration and Customs Inspector $81,920