Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

These careers include an incredible range of public and military opportunities in the areas of law enforcement, defense and corrections (e.g., jails and prisons).

There are 49 careers in this industry

A New York Police Department getting into his squad car

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

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.

  • Average Salary:$99,850
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Animal Control Workers

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

  • Average Salary:$36,330
  • Most Common Education:High school

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

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

  • Average Salary:$62,270
  • Most Common Education:Bachelor's degree


Maintain order in courts of law.

  • Average Salary:$45,760
  • Most Common Education:High school

Correctional Officers and Jailers

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.

  • Average Salary:$44,330
  • Most Common Education:High school

Court Reporters

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.

  • Average Salary:$57,150
  • Most Common Education:Post-secondary certificate

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

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

  • Average Salary:$81,920
  • Most Common Education:High school

Crossing Guards

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

  • Average Salary:$28,960
  • Most Common Education:High school

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

  • Average Salary:$81,920
  • Most Common Education:Not available

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

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

  • Average Salary:$34,320
  • Most Common Education:Post-secondary certificate